VIC makes use of the LEVEL5 system which is specifically designed to assess personal, social and organisational competence developments in rather non- and informal learning settings.

LEVEL5 is based on a three-dimensional model which maps the development of:

  • Knowledge (-> cognitions)
  • Skills (-> actions) and
  • Attitudes (-> emotions and values)

along five quality levels – from beginner to competent expert.

This model forms the basis for the core LEVEL5 instruments:

The LEVEL5 cube visualises a person’s competence development in a specific (preferably practical) learning field which is described in the so called LEVEL5 reference system.

The LEVEL5 reference systems facilitate the design and planning of informal/non-formal learning and the validation of competences in a specific practical action and learning field.

The LEVEL5 learning circle is also based on the reference system and facilitates competence oriented learning – be it as good didactical approach (in more formalised learning) or as a means to promote self guided learning (mathetics).

The LEVEL5 models significantly reduce the complexity when visualising and describing learning outcomes and therefore provides an attractive presentation and documentation system for learning.

With LEVEL5, learning and validation of competences is promoted in practical, rather informal learning situations (e.g.  earning on the job, in internships, volunteering and in mobility programmes etc.) and in innovative competence fields (e.g. entrepreneurship, active citizenship and other (key-)competences).