The changes implemented by Ofqual replacing the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) with the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) took place on 01st October.
The changes are:
- Any new qualifications we develop from the 1st October 2015 will not contain QCF in the title.
- Any reviewed existing qualifications will have QCF removed from the title.
There will also be a change to the way new qualifications are calculated:
- The size of new qualifications will now be calculated by TQT (Total Qualification Time) instead of just GLH (Guided Learning Hours).
- TQT is the total amount of time it will typically take learners to complete a qualification. This comprises GLH (time spent on teaching, instruction or supervision) and unsupervised preparation or study.
Ofqual have also made adjustments to the definitions of some level descriptors which we will apply to any new or reviewed existing qualifications.
Please be reassured that as far as OCN London is concerned, these changes will not affect our current qualifications and it will be business as usual. We will continue to follow a unitised, credit-based learning approach for all our qualifications. As so many of our learner stories demonstrate, learners benefit from the opportunity to learn and achieve in bite sized steps and this has re-engaged and motivated many learners to continue to study despite often difficult and challenging circumstances.
We will continue to offer our qualifications in the same way we have done since 1994, because it works for our learners and it works for our centres. Units will continue to be the building blocks of OCN London qualifications.