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National Qualifications (The QCF)

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is a national framework controlled by the English, Northern Irish and Welsh regulators (Ofqual, CCEA and DfES). Industry Qualifications is a nationally regulated Awarding Organisation that can combine units of assessment into qualifications on the QCF. Our centres can then offer and deliver these qualifications to learners. These qualifications may be eligible for public funding, but this does not mean they will be funded - such decisions depend on Government education and skills policy.

The framework goes all the way from Entry Level to Level 8. The different educational levels signify the levels of difficulty and the units can be made up into 3 sizes of qualification; Award, Certificate or Diploma. Each unit within these qualifications has a credit value that indicates the hours of learning, they are broken down as follows:

  • The Award is equal to a credit value from 1-12
  • The Certificate is equal to a credit value from 13-36
  • The Diploma is equal to a credit value of 37+