The accreditation of educational entities providing accredited or recognised further and/or higher courses is a legal requirement as per Subsidiary Legislation (SL) 607.03 ‘Further and Higher Education (Licensing, Accreditation and Quality Assurance) Regulations’. Courses are referred to as ‘accredited’ when they have been assessed by the MFHEA and pegged to the Malta Qualifications Framework.
All education institutions interested in offering programmes of studies which are accredited and pegged to the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) need to submit their prospective programmes to the MFHEA for accreditation. New entities, together with the submission of the application for programme accreditation, must also submit an application for Provider Accreditation.
The Referencing Report provides guidelines to the criteria used by the MFHEA to determine the appropriateness of the application.
Irrespective of the MQF Level, whether a programme leads to an award or a qualification is determined by the ECTS/ECVET weighting of the programme. The credit system is a central tool of the Bologna Process, This is a process in which the total hours of learning undertaken by a student translates into credits that are internationally recognised and transferable. In Malta, 1 credit is equivalent to 25 hours of total learning, 5 hours of which, must be direct contact teaching hours.