Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-21, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 22 September, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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Additional learning opportunities

core definition

Additional learning opportunities are elements of the programme of study that  augment the usual classroom teaching of the syllabus content.

explanatory context

Typical additional opportunities are work experience, year abroad, additional employability modules or activities (such as courses run by careers centres), extra language classes and, in some cases, opportunities to reflect on extra-curricular activity, voluntary or paid.

analytical review

The University of Warwick (2011) defined additional learning opportunities as:

Distinctive features of the course which may not be available to, or achieved by, all students, such as an intercalated year or year abroad, language options, work experience opportunities

associated issues

It is a moot point whether additional opportunities are linked to the programme of study (and compulsory or options), separate from the programme but facilitated by the university, extra-curricular and entirely outside the university. In practice, all three scenarios offer students additional learning opportunities but some places, such as the definition above, only include them in this category if they are a feature of the programme of study.

related areas

See also



University of Warwick, 2011, Course Specifications: Glossary of Terms relating to Course Specifications, last revised 18 October 2011, accessed 19 September 2012, still available 19 June 2019..

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