The QCF is the nationally recognised system designed to provide an accessible, flexible and simple unit and qualifications framework in England and Wales.
On the QCF, every unit and qualification is allocated a credit and level. Credit measures the average length of time a learner will take to complete a unit (1 credit = notionally 10 hours) and the level indicates the difficulty of the award (ranging from levels 1-8, with one being entry level).
There are three types of QCF qualifications:
- Award - 1-12 credits
- Certificate - 13-36 credits
- Diploma - 37+ credits
Changes to Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
The way qualifications are regulated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is changing. Changes include the replacement of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) with the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
While these changes mostly directly affect Awarding Bodies like SQA, you may notice that there are some changes to terminology and information surrounding qualifications delivered in these countries. More detail on this is contained in our FAQ document:
Changes to Qualifications in England (124 KB)