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Qualification Descriptors

Qualification Descriptors

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Qualification descriptors set out typical expectations of knowledge and understanding that you should gain and be able to demonstrate on successfully completing your programme. They are a guide to the setting of appropriate standards according to what type of programme you are following, e.g. undergraduate, taught postgraduate, postgraduate research, etc. More specific expectations at undergraduate level are outlined in the different ‘subject benchmarks statements’ produced by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Swansea University has adopted descriptors for its degrees/awards programmes which incorporate the qualification descriptors articulated in the UK Quality Code: Part A Setting and Maintaining Academic Standards and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (August 2008). (See the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) publication, UK Quality Code: Part A Setting and Maintaining Academic Standards for more information). Qualification descriptors form part of the University's programme regulations for each type of award.  Programme Regulations are outlined in the relevant sections of this Academic Guide.

By applying these descriptors to its awards, Swansea University aims to improve graduate mobility by ensuring that the level and quality of your award is quickly and easily compared with European counterparts for either employment or further study purposes.

For further information about subject benchmarks, qualifications descriptors and the relationship between the UK and European frameworks, visit the QAA’s website under Assuring Standards and Quality.

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