Analytic Quality Glossary


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Home


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 18 June, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


Novel Recipes



Continuing education

core definition

Continuing education is:

1. a generic term for any programme of study (award-bearing or not)  beyond compulsory education.

2. post-compulsory education of a short-term nature that does not lead directly to a major higher education qualification.

explanatory context

The specific meaning (definition 2) refers to activities that may contribute towards credit towards a higher education qualification but are not principally designed to do so. An example of this would be a foreign-language class taken once a week.

analytical review

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (2010) defines continuing education as:

Continuing education students are on courses normally lasting less than one year; they are usually part-time. Continuing education can be award-bearing or non-award bearing and vocational or non-vocational


An American view is:

Continuing education course: A course outside the regular academic instructional program, for which standard academic fees and tuition are (usually) not charged. While most often these courses do not earn academic credits, they can provide CEU's necessary for professional development or lead to professional certifications. (NTNC, 2002)

associated issues

Note, in The American context a continuing education unit is not the unit or department that provides continuing education but:

Continuing Education Unit (CEU): the amount of credit given for participating in a continuing education course or training session. CEU's are rarely considered as equivalent to academic credit. (NTNC, 2002)

related areas

See also

Community-based education


Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), 2010, About us: Glossary, available at, updated 8 November 2010, accessed 27 January 2011, not at this address 6 September 2012. The new version of the Glossary has no entry for contiunuing education, accessed 31 December 2016.

Northeast Texas Network Consortium (NTNC), 2002, Distance Learning College Glossary. , accessed 20 September 2012, still available 31 December 2016, not found 21 June 2019.

copyright Lee Harvey 2004–2021

A NOVEL Who bombed a Birmingham mosque?


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Home