To deliver our qualifications, you need to become an OCN London ‘Recognised Centre’.
Our experienced and knowledgeable team of staff will support you through this process.
The Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) is a system for recognising skills and qualifications. It does this by awarding credit for qualifications and units (small steps of learning). Each unit has a credit value. This value specifies the number of credits gained by learners who complete that unit. The flexibility of the system allows learners to gain qualifications at their own pace along routes that suit them best. All nationally recognised qualifications delivered by OCN London are designed for the QCF. Our bespoke accreditation is also designed according to the QCF unit template but is not formally recognised and regulated by Ofqual as a national qualification (see bespoke accreditation for further details).
The QCF aims to provide a simple yet flexible structure that allows for the maintenance and continuing development of a qualifications system that is:
The QCF allows achievements to be recognised and recorded through the award of credits and qualifications. It supports the accumulation and transfer of credits and the easy identification of each achievement’s level and size. In this way, learners have maximum flexibility and range of opportunities and can be reliably recognised for their achievements.
Identifying QCF qualifications
Every unit and qualification has a credit value and a level. One credit represents ten notional hours of learning, showing how much time the average learner would take to complete the unit or qualification. Levels indicate difficulty and vary from Entry 1 to Level 8. There are three types of qualification:
You can have an Award of any difficulty level from 1 to 8. This is because the type indicates the size of qualification, not its difficulty.
The title of a qualification indicates its difficulty, how long it will take the average learner to complete, and its general content, using the following information:
To understand the level of difficulty of the units and qualifications it might be helpful to know that GCSEs (grade A*–C) are level 2, GCE A levels are level 3 and a PhD is a level 8. Knowing this can help to position the difficulty and challenge of each level in the framework.
The level of the learning you undertake for an OCNLR qualification is similar to the level of study needed for other courses and nationally recognised qualifications.
The levels of the NQF and QCF can be seen on the Ofqual comparing qualifications page.
The level, given on the certificate for each unit you have achieved, shows the stage you have reached in your learning. The following are summaries of the approximate equivalences between OCNLR levels and the levels of other national qualifications:
Qualifications that do not meet the rules of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) are developed to fit the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The NQF provides an indication of the relative demand of different qualifications.
Qualifications in the NQF are grouped together according to their difficulty. They are given a level from entry level to level 8. The levels are based on the standards of knowledge, skill and competence needed for each qualification. Qualifications at the same level can be very different in terms of content and the length of time they take to complete.
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