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Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF)

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) has been developed to replace the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)

The QCF has been designed to give recognition for the smallest amount of learning and achievement and is both a unit based and credit based system.

Recognition for the smallest amount of learning and achievement is met through the Units of Assessment. These detail the smallest amount of learning that can realistically be delivered and achieved in a particular area of study. It is at least 10 hours of learning.

For 10 hours of learning individuals will receive 1 credit.

As a number of Units of Assessment are achieved, credit accumulates. If the units specified by an Awarding Body are achieved, a related qualification will be achieved. The qualifications will also have a Credit Value, that of the total unit credits.

Each Unit of Assessment and each Qualification will also have a level of complexity and challenge assigned. These range from Entry Level to Level 8.

The higher the level, the greater the complexity and challenge.

Qualifications are also given a ‘type’. This is based on the number of credits each qualification contains.

1 – 12 Credits, the qualification type is Award.

13 – 36 Credits, the qualification type is Certificate.

37+ Credits, the qualification type is Diploma.

 

 

 

A full list of ECITB QCF qualifications can be accessed by clicking here.

Information about each qualification, including the Units of Assessment, Credit Values and Levels can be accessed by clicking on each qualification.

 

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