This standard glossary of terms defines and clarifies the core terminology relating to the development and implementation of the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The glossary has been developed to bring consistency to the use of terminology in the broader education and training context, including legislation, policy and everyday usage by the public.


The glossary of terms draws on existing and emerging legislation, as well as on common understandings which have been agreed upon within the broader NQF community. In the instances where definitions are based on existing legislation or policies, the sources have been indicated. Where possible, terms have been contextualised to include the different approaches followed within the Sub-Frameworks of the NQF. International use of terms has also been considered. The purpose of the glossary is primarily to provide a comprehensive list of the most up-to-date terms used in the NQF environment and, as a result, does not include terms which are no longer used. This glossary will be updated on a regular basis to ensure that further developments are included as they are introduced.

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