RQF

Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

The RQF has replaced the QCF. All new qualifications are now 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

  • Guided Learning Hours (GLH) will remain.
  • 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 a flyer from Ofqual which explains the changes in more detail. Click on the links below:  

Ofqual RQF Flyer

QCF to RQF Frequently Asked Questions

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TQT

Total Qualification Time (TQT) includes GLH, assessment and self-directed study time – this then indicates the size of the qualification by the total amount of time it is anticipated a learner will take to complete.

Total Qualification Time (TQT) comprises of the following two elements:

i. The number of hours which an awarding organisation has assigned to a qualification for Guided Learning (GL), and

ii. An estimate of the number of hours that a Learner will reasonably be likely to spend in preparation, study or any other form of participation in education and training, including assessment, which takes place as directed by – but, unlike Guided Learning, not under the Immediate Guidance or Supervision of - a lecturer, supervisor, tutor or other appropriate provider of education and training.

Examples of activities that could contribute to Total Qualification Time (TQT) are:

  • Independent and unsupervised research/learning
  • Unsupervised compilation of a portfolio of work experience
  • Unsupervised E-learning
  • Unsupervised E-assessment
  • Unsupervised coursework
  • Watching a pre-recorded podcast or webinar
  • Unsupervised work based learning

Guided Learning (GL)

Guided Learning (GL) consists of activities which are completed by the learner under the direct instruction or supervision of a lecturer, supervisor or tutor whether that is through physical presence or by electronic means.

Examples of activities that could contribute to Guided Learning (GL) include:

  • Classroom based learning supervised by a lecturer/trainer
  • Work based learning supervised by a lecturer/trainer
  • Live webinar or telephone tutorial with a lecturer/trainer in real time
  • E-learning supervised by a lecturer/trainer in real time
  • All forms of assessment which take place under the immediate guidance or supervision of a lecturer, supervisor, tutor or other appropriate provide of education and training, including where the assessment is competence-based and may be turned into a learning opportunity.

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