European guidelines for validating non formal
They are aimed mainly at people in work or may be taken as part of an apprenticeship.
They provide evidence of professional competence against a nationally recognised occupational standard.
There are no specific qualifications required for staff involved in validation.
Within higher education Although not required by law to do so, all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) design their qualifications in accordance with the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ).
The procedures and tools to be used to assess prior learning are left to the discretion of the awarding organisations, but e-portfolios are a common method used.
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are a means of validating workplace learning.
Further information See also see the article 'Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning' in the 'Adult Education and Training' Chapter of the Eurydice national description for England.
The second option is to submit a portfolio of evidence based on previous learning, skills and/or competence, which must be cross-referenced to the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the relevant unit(s).Chapter B2: Recruitment, selection and admission to higher education of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education says (p.13): Recruitment activities undertaken by higher education providers assist prospective students in making informed decisions about higher education.The chapter on assessment of students and the recognition of prior learning in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education says (p.16) that consideration should be given to the appropriateness of assessment tools for the nature of the prior learning to be assessed.