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1. Vocabulary Builder

The Vocabulary Builder consists of two lists of terms, core and non-core, each of which describes outcomes and attributes that learners should demonstrate at particular levels. The levels relating to higher education that are currently included in the toolkit are shown in Table 1.

Level Typical higher education qualification
7 Master’s degrees (e.g. MPhil, MRes, MA, MSc)
Postgraduate diplomas
Postgraduate certificates
6 Bachelor’s degrees with honours (e.g. BA/BSc Hons)
Bachelor’s degrees
5 Foundation Degrees
Diplomas of Higher Education (DipHE)
Higher National Diplomas (HND)
4 Higher National Certificates (HNC)
Certificates of Higher Education (CertHE)
3 General Certificate of Education Advanced, ‘AS’ and ‘A2’ Levels (GCE)
GCEs in applied subjects
International Baccalaureates
Key Skills level 3
National Vocational Qualifications at Level 3 (NVQ)
Advanced General National Vocational Qualifications (GNVQ)
Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) Diplomas, Certificates and Awards
BTEC Nationals
Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR) Nationals

Table 1: Higher Education Qualification Levels (from QAA, 2008).

The core terms are taken from the following sets of higher education frameworks:

  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
  • South East England Consortium for Credit Accumulation & Transfer (SEEC)
  • Northern Ireland Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (NICATS)
  • Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF)

The non-core terms have been added by users to reflect their own requirements. It should be noted that the non-core terms are not validated or approved by any framework, but may still be useful in determining the level of achievement for learners in comparison with work undertaken at other higher education institutions.

The Vocabulary Builder can be used by anyone, and does not require a username or password to access the vocabulary lists. The Vocabulary Builder is primarily a tool to support dialogue between different parties (e.g. employers and academics, admissions tutors and prospective students etc), although it can be used by individuals as the starting point for the development of learning outcomes for specific programmes, courses, units and activities. The lists themselves can be used a reference tool by anyone seeking information on attributes

2. Outcome Builder

The Outcome Builder can be used as a tool to generate new individual learning outcomes, or as a reference database of existing learning outcomes. These can relate to a specific programme, course, unit or activity. Learning outcomes are statements of essential learning and indicate a minimum or threshold standard.

Anyone can view existing outcomes within the Toolkit without a username and password, but a username and password will be required to create a new learning outcome.

3. Task Builder

The Task Builder is used to support the generation of individual learning tasks which are then stored in the toolkit database. The Task Builder includes two tools:

  • the Learning Resource tool, used to add learning resources to the toolkit for association with specific tasks.
  • the Learning Support tool, used to add learning supports to the toolkit for association with specific tasks.

Any one can view the database of existing learning tasks but a user name and password will be required to use the Task Builder tools.

4. Design Builder

The Design Builder is used to support the generation of individual learning designs which are then stored in the toolkit database. The Design Builder also uses the Learning Resource and Learning Support tools. Like the Task Builder, the tools themselves require a user name and password but the database of learning designs is accessible to all.