The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) provides a single, straightforward system for cataloguing all Ofqual regulated qualifications. Qualifications at any particular level can be different from one another, for example in their purpose and content. Qualifications are indexed by their ‘level’ and ‘size’ and the easiest way to understand the RQF is through the way qualifications are indexed.
The RQF replaced the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) in October 2015. All Open College Network West Midlands Ofqual regulated qualifications can be found on the Register of Regulated Qualifications, where you can also view the level, basic outline of the content and the relevant units.
More information about regulated qualifications can be found on the Ofqual website.
All new qualifications are now regulated through the RQF, which OfQual states is more descriptive and less prescriptive than its QCF predecessor.
Change from QCF to RQF - Implications:
The term 'QCF' will be removed from all qualifications. Any new qualifications will now no longer have QCF in their title.
These changes will be phased in so that by December 2017 all existing qualifications will be updated to RQF.
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) will be replaced with Total Qualification Time (TQT), which includes GLH, assessment and self-directed study time - indicating the size of the qualification by the total amount of time a learner is expected to take to complete it.
The terms Award, Certificate and Diploma remain.
Qualifications will now be more flexible with each Awarding Organisation taking full responsibility for their own qualifications to ensure they are high quality.
The end result of all this change is that learners will get a much better product.
You don't need to worry or do anything, we are making all the necessary changes and we continue to offer a wide range of high quality credit based qualifications across industry sectors.
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