ENGLAND and NORTHERN IRELAND
Regulator – Ofqual
After a consultation earlier this year, Ofqual has introduced the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) to replace the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). With effect from 1st October 2015, the RQF includes all the qualifications that are regulated for use in England and Northern Ireland. Unlike the QCF, it does not set qualification design rules but sets a wide range of requirements that regulated qualifications must meet in order to be valid and fit for purpose.
Regulator – Qualifications Wales
Qualifications Wales is the new independent regulator for general and vocational qualifications in Wales. Qualifications awarded by regulated awarding organisations (AOs) are logged on the Database of Approved Qualifications in Wales (DAQW) and are funded by either the Welsh Government or the Local Education Authority. Qualifications on the DAQW also have to meet a wide range of requirements which are similar to those required by Ofqual.
Regulator – Scottish Qualifications Authority
SQA regulates the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework which is designed to support everyone in Scotland, including learners, learning providers and employers.
The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a European-wide qualifications framework which joins the qualifications of different EU members together. The EQF aims to facilitate mobility of students and workers throughout Europe and to help develop lifelong learning. The EQF is voluntary and member countries are not obliged to cross reference frameworks although the QCF and the SCQF have done so.
Please access further information about the frameworks through the links provided above.