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


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Standards of competence

core definition

Standards of competence specify the technical abilities, knowledg and skills required to become a safe and accomplished exponent of a particular profession or other field of activity.

explanatory context

Standards of competence principally refer to the standards set by professional bodies (or in some countries government bodies) that spcify the skills and knowledge required to become a competent practitioner in the profession.

analytical review

Harvey (2006) sees standards of competence as one of four broad areas in higher education where standards are set and assessed:

Standards of competence relate to the technical abilities of students. It is a demonstration that a specified level of ability on a range of competencies has been achieved. Competencies may include general transferable skills as well as ‘higher level’ academic skills appropriate to an award. In some cases competence includes particular abilities congruent with induction into a profession and the award of a licence to practice, as for example, in medicine or law.

associated issues

Relationship between standards and quality

Here is a table that outlines the relationship between standards and quality, along with an indication of the the external assurance and standards checking processes that are used.

related areas

See also


external examiner


professional body

professional recognition

standards monitoring


Harvey, L., 2006, 'Understanding quality', Section B 4.1-1 of ' Introducing Bologna objectives and tools' in Purser, L. (Ed.) EUA Bologna Handbook: Making Bologna work, Brussels European University Association and Berlin, Raabe. A final draft of the paper can be viewed here as a pdf.

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