At Ofqual, we’re taking a look at Guided Learning Hours and we want to hear from you if you have experience of using or calculating them.
Guided Learning Hours, often known as GLH. are important because they are linked to the credit that students receive for some qualifications. Organisations providing financial support may use Guided Learning Hours to decide on funding for a qualification.
Young people who are required to take part in education or training have to do a certain number of Guided Learning Hours, adding new significance to the Guided Learning Hours value given to a qualification.
Students need to know the actual Guided Learning Hours for any course they take. They can’t include unsupervised study or preparation, or the time taken for assessments.
On the face of it Guided Learning Hours might appear simple to calculate and understand. But it’s not always clear cut. For example, some qualifications, particularly at higher levels, require significant amounts of learning that is not directly supervised by a teacher. Some qualifications require significant time to be allocated to assessments.
Should the time taken for unsupervised study and assessment also be known?
It seems clear to me that we need to take a look at Guided Learning Hours. But in order for us to make the right changes to Guided Learning Hours, I’d like to find out what you think we need to do. For instance:
- How do you use Guided Learning Hours?
- What is the most important aspect of them for you?
- Do you have to report on Guided Learning Hours? If so, who to and for what purpose? (How’s the burden of this? How are you calculating or using this information?)
We welcome any thoughts you have, and you can leave them in the comment section below or by emailing the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be consulting on our proposals later this spring so the information you give us now will help to make sure we ask the right questions.
Regulatory Development Team