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New Good Practice Guide for micro-credentials in tertiary education

Date: August 17 - 2023

Today, QAA Scotland has published a new Good Practice Guide for Micro-credentials and Small Qualifications in Scotland.

The guide sets out principles and practices that were agreed by a range of stakeholders through the Scottish Tertiary Education Network for Micro-credentials. It provides a valuable starting point for the design and development of micro-credentials to ensure they are well designed and fit for purpose.

Micro-credentials and small qualifications can enable flexible access to tertiary education for learners and have an increasing role in upskilling or reskilling the workforce. Learners might, for example, wish to undertake a micro-credential related to their employment. Others might undertake one or a number of micro-credentials to develop skills to re-enter the workforce.

The new guidance should support learner take-up of micro-credentials facilitated by a level of assurance that all awards adhere to baseline principles and good practices.

The Good Practice Guide can be downloaded from the Enhancement Themes website.