Qualification Information Profiles (QIPs) provide objective, comparable information about qualifications whilst Education Information Profiles (EIPs) provide objective, comparable information about programmes. HEPs can use these to inform their admissions decisions.
They rely on a common format to provide a detailed overview of qualifications (QIPs) and programmes (EIPs), enabling HE admissions staff to compare less-familiar qualifications and programmes with ones that are more familiar. They include a range of information, such as size, grading, assessment, structure and content, and will be updated on an annual basis.
EIPs accommodate any assessed programme used in place of regulated GCSE, A level, SCQF Level 5 and Scottish Higher qualifications, and followed by UK students, which is not externally accredited to any of the regulatory frameworks in place in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. EIPs are intended to provide information about programmes which do not attract Tariff points.
The QIPs accommodate a range of regulated UK and EU / international qualifications. UK qualifications are aligned to different regulatory frameworks and levels, e.g. QCF / RQF Level 3 is aligned to SCQF Level 6 and Guided learning hours in England, Northern Ireland and Wales are expressed as Notional learning hours (NLH) in Scotland. The relevant fields in the UK QIPs have been merged for simplicity.