Learning Levels

The inherent differences in the forms of learning outcome sought across different qualifications provide a useful means to create a distinction between the needs of learners in the various learning settings. The Table below shows the forms of learning activity that can be seen to be relevant to the various qualifications when the different levels of learning are taken into account.


Learning levels and activities across VET qualifications

QualificationCertificate II, III, IVCertificate IV, DiplomaDiploma, Advanced Diploma
Levels of learningLower-orderMid-orderHigher-order
Learning outcomesFamiliarity and knowledge of particular information, processes and proceduresKnowledge acquisition but extending to capacity to apply in new settings using judgment and subjective decisionsKnowledge and application but extending to abilities to analyse new situations and to evaluate and synthesise solutions
Forms of learning activityReading, browsing, choosing, comparing, describing, reflectingReading, browsing, choosing, comparing, describing, reflecting, planning, questioning, investigating, inquiringReading, browsing, choosing, comparing, describing, reflecting, planning, questioning, investigating, inquiring, analysing, evaluating, synthesising
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