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The term curriculum refers to the design, organisation and planning of learning activities, while the term programme refers to the implementation of these activities.

Design, planning and sequencing of teaching and learning processes. It includes a statement of purpose, contents, activities and learning practices, as well as the modalities for assessing learners’ achievements.

UIS, Glossary, (accessed 12/2022)

Inventory of activities related to the design, organisation and planning of an education or training action, including definition of learning objectives, content of programmes, methods (including assessment of learners and evaluation of programmes) and ma

Cedefop, Glossary. Terminology of European education and training policy, (accessed 03/2023)

An organized programme of both theoretical and practical studies, the successful completion of which is considered necessary to achieve specified educational goals corresponding to different levels of knowledge and qualification.

UNESCO, Terminology of Technical and Vocational Education, 1984

A detailed description of the objectives, content, duration, expected outcomes, learning and training methods of an education or training programme.

ILO, Glossary of Key Terms on Learning and Training for Work, 2006

A statement of the training structure and expected methods of learning and teaching that underpin a qualification or part qualification to facilitate a more general understanding of its implementation in an education system.

SAQA (South Africa), TVET Standard Glossary of Terms, 2013

The set of courses and their contents offered by an institution such as a school, college or university, and partially or entirely determined by an external body.

EU, European Adult Learning Glossary, Level 2, 2010

The word Curriculum has the meaning of educational path and describes the learning process in a much more comprehensive and complex fashion than is possible with Plans of learning content or learning material. These days, curriculum development is oriented towards the learner - the student/trainee and his learning process than towards the content of learning.

A systematic group of courses or sequences of subjects required for graduation or certification in a major field of study; or a general overall plan of the content or specific materials of instruction that the school should offer the student by way of qualifying him for graduation or certification of entrance into a professional or vocational field; or c) a body of prescribed educational experience under school supervision, designed to provide an individual with the best possible training and experience to fit him for a trade or profession.

Source: (Manual of Policies and Guidelines on the Establishment and Operation of Public and Private TVET Institutions, First Ed., 2001)

TESDA (Philippines), TVET glossary of terms (online), (accessed 12/2022)

Curriculum is a broad concept including aspects such as standards setting, learning programme development and delivery and quality assurance of the delivery process (SAQA, 2000, 6).

ILO, Skills recognition mechanisms for selected occupational profiles of migrant workers in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa, 2022

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