What is the RQF?

By Ashley Philpott

Hi so you have clicked on the frequently asked question, what is the RQF? And it stands for the Registered Qualification Framework. It used to be called the QCF, which was the Qualification Credit Framework and before that it was the NQF the National Qualification Framework. They are all essentially the same, and what the means is that any qualification registered and recognised in the United Kingdom must be registered on this system. There are 8 levels, level 1 entry level, level 2 kind of like a GCSE and so as the levels go up the difficulty gets harder. Level 3 is an A level, levels 4,5 & 6 equate to the difficulties experienced on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years of a degree, so level 6 is degree standard. At level 7, is a master’s level, postgraduate sometimes called and then you have level 8 the PHD or the doctorate.

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At Active Learning we are able to deliver qualifications in leadership & management, and associated skill areas from level 2 up to level 7, with a range of awarding bodies which were the awarding centre. So, you can have the ILM, you can have Pearson, Edexcel, or the City & Guilds. Within each level, so for example at level 2, you can have 3 sizes of qualification, depending on how many topics you want to cover and breadth of the experience and knowledge you want to gain. The smallest type is called the award, so an award is usually for people who are starting out at any given level, level 2 we often equate to in the commercial world to supervisory level, so a level 2 award in leadership & management would be someone who is starting off in their first job as a supervisor.

Normally, the recommended size of a qualification for someone who is trying to become competent in a role would be the certificate, and that’s normally what we would call the driving license. And, if you really want to go for it and have the time and effort, maybe 18 months- 2 years of study, you can go for a full-sized diploma at level 2 if you want to do that.

Level 2, we normally equate to as I have already said the supervisor level, level 3 is usually around first line manager, level 5 certificate is quite a common qualification for middle managers, so managers who manage other managers. And, then you have got level 7, that we would normally see applying to senior departmental leaders, very senior managers and maybe board level people as well.

So that’s a brief explanation of what the RQF is and of course if you have any more questions, you can contact us through the website or through LinkedIn and we would be happy to answer any questions that you have.

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