About the QCF
The way qualifications are regulated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is changing, which includes the removal and replacement of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Please see our FAQs document contained here.
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