Awarding bodies design and award qualifications which recognise the skills, knowledge and understanding achieved by a student at a particular level and in a particular subject.
The awarding bodies will check that the courses they accredit are being delivered to their quality standards. This means that you can be sure that when you obtain a qualification accredited by an awarding body you have reached a standard that is consistent throughout the world.
All of our courses are independently accredited from long-established awarding organisations with qualifications such as BTEC, NVQ, NCFE, and A-Level. It's easier to get a job when you have an employer recognised qualification.
Each independent award body perform detailed, rigorous checks to ensure our courses meet their high standards.
Awarding bodies we work with:
NVQ, VRQ & SVQ Simplified:
There are hundreds of qualifications and awards. We have simplified these for you so that you have a quick and easy home learning comparison.
While this isn't an exhaustive list of qualifications available, it should give you a good indication of how qualifications compare.
For further information, Please call one of our friendly course advisors at 0800 009 6249.
What is the QCF?
The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is a framework that is replacing the existing National Qualifications Framework (NQF). It is a new way of recognising skills and qualifications, by awarding credit for qualifications and units (small steps of learning). It enables people to gain qualifications at their own pace along flexible routes.
There are eight levels within the QCF, entry and level 1 which forms the Foundation Learning Tier and levels 2 - 8. The level of the units and qualifications shows the difficulty level. Each unit and qualification will have a credit value which reflects how much time it takes for a learner to complete. 10 hours of learning is equal to 1 credit. There will be three sizes of qualification in the QCF:
Every unit and qualification in the framework will have both a credit value and a level:
· one credit represents 10 hours of average learning time and so the credit value shows how much time it takes to complete.
· the level shows how difficult the unit or qualification is and this can be anywhere between entry level and level 8.
The QCF is designed to make sure future qualifications allow a flexible, 'mix and match' approach to meeting the different development needs of the workforce. (Download the Introduction to the Qualification & Credit Framework)