Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) to Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

The RQF has replaced the QCF. All new qualifications will now be regulated through the RQF. Ofqual says that the RQF is more descriptive and less prescriptive than its predecessor. The changes are summarised below.

In summary

  • The term 'QCF' will be removed from all existing qualifications and replaced by ‘RQF’ by December 2017.
  • All new qualifications will now have ‘RQF’ in their title.
  • Guided Learning Hours (GLH) will be replaced with Total Qualification Time (TQT), which includes GLH, assessment and self-directed study time – this will indicate the size of the qualification by the total amount of time it is anticipated a learner will take to complete. Click here for more information.
  • The terms Award, Certificate and Diploma will remain. 
  • Qualifications will now be more flexible and with the responsibility for their qualifications sitting with the Awarding Organisation it will ensure they are of a high quality.  

There is also a list of frequently asked questions and the flyer from Ofqual explains the changes in more detail. Click on the links below:  

Ofqual RQF Flyer

QCF to RQF Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, please contact the Product Development Team here