QCF QUALIFICATIONS

Vocational qualifications have changed.

An essential tool in this reform of vocational qualifications is the QCF.

WHAT IS THE QCF?

It will give a wider range of learners the opportunity to get the qualifications they need, in a way that suits them. QCF qualifications are designed with the help of employers so learners can be assured they are gaining skills that employers are looking for.

The Qualification and Credit Framework:

STEPS

Recognises smaller steps of learning and enables learners to build up qualifications bit by bit.

ACHIEVE SKILLS

Helps learners achieve skills and qualifications that meet industry needs.

RECOGNITION

Enables work-based training to be nationally recognised.

The Skills Funding Agency is responsible for implementing funding, planning and performance measures to support QCF qualifications in England. It is also delivering the QCF Service Layer, which stores learners’ achievement data from awarding organisations.

EUROPEAN QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK

QCDA was also involved in referencing the QCF to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The EQF links European countries’ qualifications systems to each other and makes it easier to cross-reference qualifications between countries. For more information on the EQF and how the QCF works within it, visit the QCF readiness resources page.