Academic Development and Quality Enhancement

Learning Outcome generator

This page is designed to help Module Convenors and Directors of Teaching and Learning ensure that learning outcomes are aligned to the correct FHEQ level.

Level 3 (Foundation Year)

Knowledge descriptor (the holder…) 

  • Has factual, procedural and theoretical knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to complete tasks and address problems that while well-defined, may be complex and non-routine.
  • Can interpret and evaluate relevant information and ideas.
  • Is aware of the nature of the area of study or work.
  • Is aware of different perspectives or approaches within the area of study or work.

Skills descriptor (the holder can…)

  • Identify, select and use appropriate cognitive and practical skills, methods and procedures to address problems that while well-defined, may be complex and non-routine.
  • Use appropriate investigation to inform actions.
  • Review how effective methods and actions have been.

Taken from the Ofqual Qualification and Component Levels available through this link.

Level 4 (First Year Undergraduate)

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:  

  • evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems related to their area(s) of study and/or work
  • communicate the results of their study/work accurately and reliably, and with structured and coherent arguments
  • undertake further training and develop new skills within a structured and managed environment.

And holders will have:

  • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility.
Level 5 (Second Year Undergraduate)

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:

  • use a range of established techniques to initiate and undertake critical analysis of information, and to propose solutions to problems arising from that analysis
  • effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences and deploy key techniques of the discipline effectively
  • undertake further training, develop existing skills and acquire new competences that will enable them to assume significant responsibility within organisations.

And holders will have:

  • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.
Level 6 (Third/Final Year Undergraduate)

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:

  • apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects
  • critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem
  • communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

And holders will have:

  • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:
    • - the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
    • - decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts
    • - the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.
Level 7 (Postgraduate/Final Year Integrated Masters)

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:

  • deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  • continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

And holders will have:

  • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:
    • - the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
    • - decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
    • - the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Descriptions for levels 4 -7 taken from the UK Quality Code for Higher Education published by the QAA, and available at this link.

 For help creating Learning Outcomes at the correct FHEQ level, please see Learning Outcome verbs and Learning Outcome guidance

For further guidance please contact your School Director of Teaching and Learning or Curriculum and Assessment Officer.