CATS Colloquium

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Building on the success of the CATS colloquium, which was held at the College earlier this year, Bradford College is delighted to announce that a follow-up CATS colloquium will be hosted by the College on Wednesday 30th October 2013.

Credit Accumulation & Transfer Scheme (CATS) Colloquium

This is the latest in a programme of ‘free to attend’ conferences and colloquia held at the College over recent years, which has seen academics and experts from a range of universities, colleges and business organisations come together to share ideas, best practice and scholarly debate.

Bradford College is a key partner in a Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) funded Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) Pilot Project, which is being led by the HEART partnership and is backed by the Association of Colleges (AoC). 

This national initiative, aims to simplify progression and credit transfer from the professional qualifications of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) to a range of Higher Education qualifications at HEART partner institutions, including Bradford College.

Aileen PontonCredit accumulation and transfer schemes (CATS) can be extremely beneficial to employers, students and education institutions, not least in reducing the time and overall cost associated with gaining a higher level qualification. The CATS system allows students to build up credit in stages by studying for short periods at different institutions and then combining these credit points to achieve a qualification.

There is growing evidence that many students who build up credit points in this way are unaware that they can put them together to gain a more substantial qualification.  In this context, academics and experts are increasingly seeking to build on the model and processes developed during the pilot scheme in order to develop their own framework.  This follow-up to the first CATS Colloquium aims to explore the potential for its application to other curriculum areas, sectors and professions.  The ultimate aim is to encourage universities and colleges to recognise the value and potential of CATS; and to secure additional progression and credit exemption agreements, offering swifter completion and reduced fees for those progressing to their institutions.

Manuel Souto - OteroThe colloquium aims to enhance CATS practice, supporting practitioners, providers, businesses and learners to find real transferable value in credits and thereby support enhanced progression.  Manuel Souto-Otero, author of the recent HEA review of CATS policy and practice and Aileen Ponton, Chief Executive of the Scottish Credit & Qualification Framework (SCQF), a national lead in CATS policy and practice, will offer help through their keynotes to frame our discussions and to set the context for future actions.  To find out more and to book a place, College staff should visit the Staff Development section of the intranet; and external delegates can do this via the HEART website: