Moving from QCF to RQF

Ofqual, the qualifications regulator, has replaced the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) with a new single and simple to use framework called the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).  By setting consistent measures of size (how long, typically, a qualification takes to study and be assessed for) and level of difficulty, this will help people to understand how qualifications relate to each other.  As an Awarding organisation, our qualifications will no longer be subject to the QCF rules.


Why change to RQF?

The RQF will be a single framework that is more descriptive and less prescriptive than QCF.  Awarding Organisations will be taking full responsibility for their own qualifications which will ensure all qualifications are high quality so your learners will get a much better product.


 What is new within the RQF?

  • All new qualifications will be regulated through the RQF.
  • Guided Learning Hours (GLH) will now be a component of Total Qualification Time (TQT). TQT includes GLH, assessment and self-directed study time. 
  • All references to ‘QCF’ will be removed from qualification titles, marketing materials and websites.


Will all existing qualifications change?

No, qualification content, delivery methods and assessment will remain as they are. Ofqual have however requested that Awarding Organisations must remove references to ‘QCF’ from our website, qualification titles and documentation from our portfolio of qualifications. This will be phased in over the next two years.  

 Good to know:

  • The terms Award, Certificate and Diploma will remain unchanged
  • The qualification levels will remain unchanged.

You will see some changes to qualifications but this will not affect the outcome for the learners. These are the type of changes you will see:

  • Removal of ‘QCF’ from the qualification title, marketing literature including qualification Specifications and Supporting Materials and Cskills Awards website.
  • Addition of TQT information to Awards Online and qualification specifications.


Will QCF remain on certificates?

  • We will remove ‘QCF’ from our certificates by 31 December 2017.


When will the changes take place?

  • Removal of the term ‘QCF’ from all qualifications and literature by 31 December 2017.

Further information regarding the changes from Ofqual.


What will I need to do?

Good news! You do not need to do anything different to what you are doing now.   All the changes are being undertaken by Cskills Awards and will be phased in over the next two years.  We will keep you up to date with any changes to our qualifications via our e-news and the news section on the website.

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