P.Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia

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ECTS

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ECTS

What is ECTS?
ECTS, the European Credit Transfer System, was developed by the Commission of the European Communities in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad. It provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements, and transferring them from one institution to another.
ECTS is a learner-centred system for credit accumulation and transfer based on the transparency of learning outcomes and learning processes. It aims to facilitate planning, delivery, evaluation, recognition and validation of qualifications and units of learning as well as student mobility. ECTS is widely used in formal higher education and can be applied to other lifelong learning activities.

Credits are allocated to entire qualifications or study programmes as well as to their educational components (such as modules, course units, dissertation work, work placements and laboratory work).
The number of credits ascribed to each componentis based on its weight in terms of the workload students need in order to achieve the learning outcomes in a formal context.Credits are awarded to individual students (full-time or part-time) after completion of the learning activities required by a formal programme of study or by a single educational component and the successful as asessment of the achieved learning outcomes.

 

The ECTS credits
National qualifications frameworks may contain levels (or intermediate qualifications) within the three Bologna cycles (e.g. a short cycle within the first cycle). These levels allow institutions to structure a particular qualification and regulate progression through the qualification. Credits are always described by the level at which they are awarded, based on the level of learning outcomes of the programme or component. Only credits awarded at the appropriate level can be accumulated towards a qualification.
In ECTS, 60 credits represents the workload of a year of study; normally 30 credits are given for a semester. It is important that all ECTS courses are mainstream course of the participating institutions, as followed by home students under normal regulations.
It is up to the participating institutions to subdivide the credits for the different courses. ECTS should be allocated to all the course units available – compulsory or optional courses. Credits are awarded only when the course has been completed and all required examinations have been successfully taken.
In Latvian higher education credits are given for each course in terms of points. Academic year’s full-time study is equivalent to 40 local credits. Thus one credit point is equivalent to 1.5 ECTS credits.

Achievement level

Grade

Meaning

Approx. ECTS grade

very high

10

with distinction

Knowledge of the students is substantially higher than the estimated normal level

A

very high

9

excellent

Knowledge of the students is higher than the estimated normal level

A

high

8

very good

Knowledge corresponds to the highest expected level

B

high

7

good

The student has mastered the subject deeply and with understanding, is progressing within the expected limits, but makes minor mistakes

C

medium

6

almost good

The student has generally succeeded in the course within the required limits, but he or she is either merely reproducing the knowledge rather than actively using it, or making more substantial mistakes

D

medium

5

satisfactory

Awarded to students, who are progressing within the limits of their individual abilities, generally are not behind the appropriate age group, but make substantial mistakes and reproduce the facts rather than analyse them

E

medium

4

satisfactory

The very last positive grade. Awarded to students who do their best but still make serious mistakes and just reproduce most of the relevant material

E/FX

low

3-1

unsatisfactory

 

Marks of different levels for students whose record is below the expected

Fail