Understanding and Evaluating International Secondary/Access Qualifications

This session has a particular focus on secondary/access qualifications. It has been designed to give those dealing with such international qualifications a better understanding of how they compare to UK qualifications, and national and regional frameworks internationally. The emphasis will vary depending on the delivery location and the needs of the audience.


The session will help delegates read and understand secondary/access level education documents and therefore be able to effectively evaluate them. The case studies used will include documents in the original language as well as translations into English. Evaluation methodologies will be discussed. Different education systems will be explored, with particular reference to school and pre-HE levels. Qualification frameworks and their development and significance will be considered, and also the evaluation of qualifications that are not aligned to frameworks.

Target Audience

This course is recommended for university and college staff involved with entry to undergraduate courses, and professional credential evaluators, in the UK or internationally. The balance and emphasis of the content can be adjusted, depending on location, and if the training group has particular requirements.


The key objectives of the training are to:

  • Understand and apply methodologies of credential evaluation
  • Understand qualification frameworks, and how they can aid qualification evaluation
  • Understand and effectively use qualifications data and education systems data
  • In international contexts, understand and effectively apply techniques of triangulation
  • All the above in relation to and in the context of secondary/access level qualifications

Support Materials

Delegates will receive a training manual in either print or electronic form to support the interactive training session. The databases will be used and referred to.

Book On This Course

If you are interested in this course and would like to book a place or places, or if you would like more information, or if you would like to set up a session of this course for a group of colleagues, then please email us.