What do Credits mean in a Qualification and why are they important?

A Credit in a qualification typically represents the amount of learning achieved by a student in a specific module or course. It is a standardized measure of the amount of time and effort required to complete the learning outcomes of a module.

In most academic institutions, a credit is equivalent to a certain number of hours of study, which can include time spent attending lectures, participating in tutorials or seminars, conducting research, completing assignments, and studying independently. The number of credits required to complete a qualification can vary depending on the level and type of qualification.

In a typical setting in a qualification stream, a full time student may be required to complete a certain number of credits in order to progress to the next level of the programme or to ultimately graduate.

Why are Credits important?

Ultimately, Credits are required to progress to the next level with your qualification and at the end of the day; graduate.  So it is so important to ensure the qualification you pursue is registered and has the necessary credits.

Credits are also important as an entry for some qualifications.

I.e you need an NQF3 or Matric equivalent credits as a base point to start with the majority of post matric qualifications.

In some cases, credits can also be transferable between institution or qualifications.

This allow students to use their previous learning to contribute towards a new qualification or to receive recognition for their prior learning.

Overall, credits play an important role in measuring and recognizing the amount of learning achieved by a student in a qualification,

and can be used to facilitate progression and transferability between different programmes and institutions.

To obtain Credits you would need notable hours.

You may ask what is notable hours?

Notational hours in other words refer to the average time a student would need for a qualification i.e class attendance, studying for tests and exams, assignment and homework.  Each credit equals 10 notational hours.  The qualification you apply for will mention the number of credits you need.

In an academic setting, notable hours can refer to specific periods of time that are particularly important for academic work or study.  Some examples of notable hours:

  1. Early morning hours: Many people find that they are most productive in the reading, writing, or studying before attending classes or meetings.
  2. Evening hours: For some students, the evening hours can be a time of increased productivity, especially if they have completed their classes or other obligations for the day. This can be a good time for reviewing lecture notes, working on assignments, or studying for exams.
  3. Office hours: Office hours are designated times when professors are available to meet with students outside of class time. These hours can be a valuable opportunity for students to ask questions, seek clarification on course material, or discuss their academic progress with their instructors.
  4. Library hours: Libraries often have extended hours during peak study periods, such as mid-term and final exam weeks. These hours can be a good opportunity for students to access resources, study in a quiet environment or work on group projects.
  5. Overall, notable hours in an academic setting can vary depending on individual preferences and schedules, as well as the demands of the particular academic programme or institution.

What is the difference between notable hours and actual hours?

Notational time is a term used in education to refer to the amount of time that is expected to be spent on a particular topic or subject.  It is different from actual time, which is the actual amount of time that is spent on the topic or subject.

The Credit rating system rates 10 notational hours as equivalent to one credit.

How are Credits calculated  in South Africa?

What is 120 Credits equivalent to?

ICB offers accredited programmes with Credits.


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