For all regulated qualifications, we specify a total number of hours that learners are expected to undertake in order to complete and show achievement for the qualification –this is the Total Qualification Time (TQT). The TQT value indicates the size of a qualification.
Within the TQT, we identify the number of Guided Learning Hours (GLH) that a centre delivering the qualification needs to provide. Guided learning means activities that directly or immediately involve tutors and assessors in teaching, supervising, and invigilating learners, for example lectures, tutorials, online instruction and supervised study.
As well as guided learning, there may be other required learning that is directed by tutors or assessors. This includes, for example, private study, preparation for assessment and undertaking assessment when not under supervision, such as preparatory reading, revision and independent research.