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Qualification Sizes

Sizes of qualification

There are generally three common sizes of qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF): Award, Certificate and Diploma.

The size indicates the number of credits a learner must achieve to be awarded the qualification:

  • To gain an Award you need between 1 and 12 credits
  • To gain a Certificate you need between 13 and 36 credits
  • To gain a Diploma you need 37 or more credits.

If you want to find out more about the RQF, units, qualifications, credit and levels, visit the Ofqual website www.ofqual.gov.uk, and navigate to ‘Qualifications and Assessments’.


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