VTCT 'QCF' Qualifications Explained
What is the QCF
This is the new framework for creating and accrediting qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Background: The government asked the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and Ofqual to implement the QCF in England in 2008 following two years of tests and trials. Then operating as QCA, QCF worked with partner organisations to get the education sector ready to put the QCF in practice. They worked closely with sector skills councils, awarding organisations, learning providers, employers and learners.
The LSC is responsible for implementing funding, planning and performance measures to support QCF qualifications in England. It's also delivering the QCF Service Layer, which stores learners’ achievement data from awarding organisations. Ofqual is responsible for regulating the QCF in England. Visit the Ofqual website to find more about QCF regulation.
What are QCF qualifications
The development of QCF Qualifications are to replace the current National Vocational Qualifications at Levels 3,4 and 5. This is a Government initiative and means that all current NVQs must be replaced by new qualifications and appear in a new framework, the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework (QCF).
These qualifications 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 that they're gaining skills that employers are looking for.
European Qualifications Framework
QCDA and Higher Education
For more information about QCF please go to www.qcda.gov.uk/qualifications/60.aspx