What do “guided learning hours” refer to?

This refers to the number of hours of teaching and supervised assessment you would normally need to receive in order to pass the qualification.  It is not the total learning time (which is referred to as Total Qualification Time (TQT)), so you also need to allow time for self-study such as reading and research. 

The qualification specifications state the total qualification time so use these to assess your self-study hours (higher level qualifications have less guided learning and require more individual research and reading).

 

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