QFC > RQF Qualification Change

Mike Dennis
Posted by Mike Dennis

Date: Monday, 07 November 2016. -  
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A new change from Ofqual will see the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) replaced in the coming months with the new single and more simple to use framework;  Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF),

From GCSE’s to accredited courses, qualifications will now be built from this new Framework, but that doesn’t mean any previous QCF qualifications are no longer in effect. All previously gained qualifications are still valid so long as they’re in date, however, all future certificates gained will now be gained using RQF framework.

In simple terms, the new RQF is more descriptive and less regulatory than QCF. Awarding Organisations will be taking full responsibility for the courses they offer, providing training to help learners achieve a better understanding of their certificate under the new framework

With this new framework, consistent measures of size (how long, typically a qualification takes to study and to be assessed for) and level of difficulty to help people understand how qualifications relate to each other.

The RQF qualification will use the same familiar levels which mirror the previous QCF framework. Under the new Learning Outcomes of these courses, learners will gain a wider understanding of the skills they are learning to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge behind what they have learned as well as how and when to put them into practice.

As a centre of Awarding Organisation TQUK, our qualifications will no longer be subject to the QCF rules as we slowly transition into providing RQF certified courses on our website.

To begin the roll out of the new RQF Framework, imperative training will be providing the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid and the Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid as the first courses delivered under this new framework.

Key information to note:

  • The terms Award, Certificate and Diploma will remain unchanged
  • Whilst there may be changes to the qualifications, the outcome of the qualification for the learners will not change
  • The addition of “TQT” (Total Qualification Time) information to awards and qualification specifications will now be visible, depicting the Guided Learning Hours (GLH) Directed Learning Hours and Invigilated Assessment Hours

Ofqual has requested that all awarding organisations remove references to QCF from their websites, qualification titles and documents which must be completed by the 31st December 2017.

Again, any previously gained qualifications under the QCF Framework WILL still be valid for its full qualification duration. After this qualification has expired, learners will still be able to complete RQF re-qualifications where applicable with their QCF qualification.

If you have any questions regarding these new changes and would like to discuss your current or upcoming qualification further, feel free to contact the imperative team by calling 0845 071 0820.