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National Information Centres

The European National Information Centre for the United Kingdom
UK ENIC

Suffolk House

68-70 Suffolk Road
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL50 2ED
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0) 871 330 7033
Fax: +44 (0) 871 330 7005
E-mail: ENIC_NARIC@enic.org.uk
Web Site: http://www.enic.org.uk/
Contact person: Paul Norris, Head of UK ENIC

National education bodies

Department for Education (England)

The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England.

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Department of Education (Northern Ireland)
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Education Scotland
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Department for Education and Skills (Wales)
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System of education

Primary and secondary education
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
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General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Subsidary level (AS level) and Advanced level (A level)
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Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)
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Qualifications Wales
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Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
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Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) (Northern Ireland)
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University education

Further and higher education, skills and vocational training
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Higher education courses
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Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
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Office for Students (OfS)

The Office for Students (OfS) is the independent regulator of higher education in England.

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Post-secondary non-university education

Further education courses
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Courses and qualifications for 14-19 year olds
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Qualifications in Scotland
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Register of Regulated Qualifications - Ofqual
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Accredited qualifications in Scotland
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Qualifications in Wales (QiW)
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Recognised higher education institutions

Recognised and Listed Bodies

Recognised and Listed Bodies Orders are official lists of all Recognised Bodies (institutions with degree awarding powers) and Listed Bodies (institutions which may deliver courses leading to a qualification from a Recognised Body) in the UK.

The Office for Students (OfS) Register

The Register lists all the English higher education providers officially registered by the Office for Students, the independent regulator of higher education in England.

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Policies and procedures for the recognition of qualifications

Academic and Vocational Qualifications - UK ENIC

Operating under contract to the Department for Education (DfE), UK ENIC serves as the UK’s information point on the recognition of overseas qualifications. 

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Professional Qualifications

The UK CPQ is designated by the UK Government to provide advice and guidance on the recognition of professional qualifications in line with the European Union (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2015, as amended by the Professional Qualifications and Services (Amendments and Miscellaneous Provisions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020.


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Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees

Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees
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Qualifications Framework

Framework

What qualification levels mean

The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) includes general and vocational qualifications; these qualifications are regulated in England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

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Register of Regulated Qualifications - Ofqual
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Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

Quality assurance of higher education qualifications is the responsibility of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) which maintains the Framework of Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).

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Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales

The Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW) was launched by the Welsh government in 2003. The CQFW exists alongside the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) and covers higher education, regulated general qualifications (including the Welsh Baccalaureate) and vocational training.

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Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) has 12 levels and includes all Scottish mainstream qualifications.

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Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (archived)

The QCF was introduced in 2008. Qualifications were assigned a credit value as well as a level. The QCF was replaced by the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in 2015.


The NQF originally consisted of six levels. Following a 2004 review by regulatory authorities, the number of levels in the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) was increased to eight, helping to link the NQF to the Framework for Higher Education Qualification (FHEQ) levels. The NQF was replaced by the QCF in 2008.

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Self Evaluation Report

Referencing the Qualifications Frameworks of England and Northern Ireland to the European Qualifications Framework
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Referencing the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
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Diploma Supplement (DS) Information

Responsible organisation

Individual universities
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Additional information:

In the UK, individual universities are responsible for issuing the Diploma Supplement to their students.  They may also choose to issue a document called the "HEAR" (Higher Education Achievements Report) which the European Commission confirmed as being compatible with the Diploma Supplement format.

Information on DS (legislation, template, chart, etc)

HEAR reference pack

Reference pack including chart of the national education system and description of the education system.

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Access to higher education

Qualifications giving access to higher education

As higher education institutions are autonomous institutions, they set their own standards for admission, which are usually based on a student’s performance in their A level examinations or Highers.


Students are normally expected to study three subjects at A level or four subjects for Scottish Highers. For certain courses specific subjects and grades may be required. Other awards at level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) or levels 6 and 7 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) may also be accepted for entrance to higher education courses.


Undergraduate admissions in the UK are handled by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). This organisation oversees the process of university admissions and provides information to students on entry requirements for specific courses.


Verification sources

Verification of higher education qualifications

Degrees awarded by many higher education institutions can be verified through Higher Education Datacheck (HEDD), but some institutions may need to be contacted directly for verification.

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Verification of school qualifications

School qualifications, such as GCSEs and A levels, can be verified with the relevant awarding body.