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In the context of the European Qualifications Framework of EHEA, credits range as follows:
- short cycle qualifications typically include 120 ECTS credits;
- first cycle qualifications (bachelor’s) often equal to 180 to 240 ECTS credits;
- second cycle qualifications (master’s) equal to 90 to 120 ECTS credits, with 60 ECTS credits the minimum
for a second cycle;
- third cycle qualifications (doctoral studies) vary in the number of ECTS credits allocated.

In order to make it easier for schools to conduct programme design and credit allocation, EABHES provides them with a Study Plan and Pedagogical Contents Form with all the required information categories to be filled-in. In this form, schools are asked to classify the educational components into four categories: fundamental, general knowledge, practical training and electives. There are no requirements regarding the number of educational components nor credits that the school needs to have under each category; it will depend on the nature of the programme and the teaching contents and methodology.

For further information about programme design and credit allocation, refer to the ECTS Users’ Guide.


EABHES Accreditation uses syllabi as the tool to evaluate programme design, pedagogical contents and credit allocation. A syllabus contains the structure and description of all the elements included in an educational component. It can be understood as a contract for the delivery and assessment of learning. Submitting the syllabus for each educational component of a programme is mandatory for applying for Accreditation (step 4, Audit).

A complete syllabus shall contain the following information (the items below are stated using a course as the educational component, but the content is the same for any educational component):
- Course title
- Number/code of the course
- Instructor name and contact details
- Academic year
- Semester
- Hours of instruction
- Total number of annual hours and credits allocated according to student workload
- Prerequisites for enrolment
- Language of instruction
- Course description
- Learning outcomes
- Course layout and schedule (the content and structure of the course, including detailed subjects, their order and dates of delivery)
- Teaching methods
- Assessment methods (including dates and deadlines, when appropriate)
- Total student workload
- Selected bibliography/filmography/webography

The instructor shall develop personally the syllabus for each course and should therefore be qualified to create and deliver it. All syllabi must be approved by the programme director and/or academic director in order to be included in the study plan. It is recommended that every school have a pedagogical committee that can establish the school’s overall approach towards training instructors and auditing their work in terms of delivery compliance of their syllabi. All syllabi that get updated during the accreditation period should be submitted to EABHES when applicable.