The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF )


QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) is based on a new goverment approach (OK stop groaning !) to recognising learning that awards credit for achievement of units and qualifications. This new framework will replace the existing NQF.

Many qualifications already are on QCF (such as PTLLS and CTLLS).

This framework allows more flexible routes to gaining qualifications, enabling progress in smaller steps.

Students will have an opportunity to study at a pace, place and time that better suits their individual needs. In other words, students will be able to gain a qualification by completing units of one qualification with different awarding bodies and training providers depending on their preferences.

E.g., City and Guilds CTLLS Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector consists of 3 units.

Each unit can be completed with a different awarding body and training provider. QCF ensures that all qualifications which are on the framework are standardized between the awarding bodies. The requirements for each unit may vary, however, the unit credit remains the same for all awarding bodies.

QCF is planned to be implemented across England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as internationally. During the transaction period between year 2008 till the end of year 2010 both NQF (National Qualifications Framework) and the new QCF are current. From January 2011 all accredited vocational qualifications are planned to be placed on QCF.

Here at Carlton Training we are hoping that this change will alter the balance of power between the awarding bodies and candidates – which is currently very much in the favour of the former.  More consumer choice is to be welcomed.

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