What is Credit Rating?
Through the process of external credit rating, UWS awards credit to external courses which are not part of an award bearing programme within UWS or at another Higher Education Institution. The courses considered for credit rating include those delivered by or on behalf of professional bodies or employers.
The approach used by UWS has been informed by the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Handbook which outlines a clear methodology for third party credit rating.
At UWS, this is called Credit Rating of External Provision. This process allows learning which has been assessed to be recognised within the SCQF.
The SCQF Level Descriptors (level 7-11) describe in broad terms what learners should be able to do or demonstrate at a particular level. Within an integrated framework, these level descriptors provide a common vocabulary to assist with the comparison of qualifications and learning programmes. The University will only approve applications for external credit rating at level 7 of the SCQF or above.
Academic credit rating activities ensure all courses are appropriately aligned to the SCQF and will allow all learners to identify clearly where their learning sits within the nationally recognised framework.
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