QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORKS / THREE-CYCLE SYSTEM
Qualifications frameworks describe the qualifications of an education system and how they interlink.
National qualifications frameworks describe what learners should know, understand and be able to do on the basis of a given qualification as well as how learners can move from one qualification to another within a system.
National qualifications frameworks are developed to be compatible with the overarching framework of qualifications of the European Higher Education Area, which was adopted in 2005 and consists of three cycles (e.g. bachelor, master, doctorate). The overarching framework makes recognition of qualifications easier since specific qualifications can be related to a common framework.
The framework of qualifications for the European Higher Education Area - May 2005
For more details read the 2005 background report and visit the section about qualifications frameworks in the European Higher Education Area in 2007-2009. This section contains important information on qualifications frameworks, which have become an essential instrument in developing the European Higher Education Area, and provides updates on relevant events and developments at European, regional or national level.
A Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area 2005
For more information on the third cycle, read our section on doctoral education in 2007-2009.
Qualifications Frameworks in the EHEA
Network of National Correspondents for Qualifications Frameworks (QF-EHEA)
Terms of Reference for the Network of National Correspondents for Qualifications Frameworks (QF-EHEA)
Updates from the EHEA Network to the BFUG
BFUG Meeting 65 Bucharest April 2019 (under item 7 Update from the EHEA Network of National Qualification Frameworks Correspondents)
BFUG Meeting 67 Helsinki November 2019 (under item 5.2 EHEA Network on NQF Correspondents)
BFUG Meeting 71, online, hosted by Croatia June 2020 (under item 6.4 EHEA Network on NQF Correspondents)
BFUG Meeting 73, online, hosted by Germany September 2020 (under item 6.6 EHEA Network on NQF Correspondents)