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Qualification Credit Framework (Q.C.F)

1st June 2011

The Qualification Credit Framework (Q.C.F)

The QCF is the new government framework which sets out how all regulated vocational qualifications are structured, titled and quality assured. The QCF has replaced what was the National Qualifications Framework across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It includes all vocational qualifications across all sectors.

The QCF is now up and running.

The Principles of the QCF:

  • Qualifications should have as many uses as possible
  • Units should have broad assessment requirements
  • Language and content should reflect the level of the qualification

Benefits of the QCF:

  • It will give learners more choice and flexibility
  • Allow the learner to learn in bite size chunks
  • It will help employers to easily identify the level & size of achievement of potential employees
  • Helps employers to identify the correct training for their staff
  • It will benefit training providers as retention and progression rates will improve as learners are likely to achieve more frequently

New Health & Social Care Qualifications:

  • Level 2 Health & Social Care Diploma - (replaces NVQ 2 Health & Social Care)
  • Level 3 Health & Social Care Diploma - (replaces NVQ 3 Health & Social Care)
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health & Social Care - (replaces NVQ 4 in Leadership & Management)

 H&SC Diplomas at L2 and L3 allow 3 pathways:

  • Generic pathway
  • Learning Disabilities pathway
  • Dementia pathway

The learning disabilities pathway through the H&SC Diploma will provide LD specific learning, and the Dementia pathway will provide dementia specific learning. This allows learners to tailor their learning to their job role.

The QCF is a flexible way of learning. Qualifications can be taken in small chunks of learning at a time, and a pace to suit the needs of the individual, building up credits as they go along. Credits can be transferred between courses – counting towards a final qualification.

There are also a number of specialist 'bite-sized' qualifications available to learners. These include 'Awards' and 'Certificates' in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities and Dementia Care.

As a result of the introduction of QCF and specialist pathways, registrations for the LDQ came to an end at the start of January 2011. Therefore the LDQ is no longer in existence. Previous qualifications gained by individuals are still recognised.

All new employees are now required to complete the revised 'Common Induction Standards'. It is the  responsibility of the registered manager to contextualise this learning to the needs of people who the worker supports. Lone working should not be permitted until the Common Induction Standards are completed and signed off. The employee should then be offered the opportunity to achieve a recognised vocational qualififcation.

Useful Links:

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City & Guilds:

If you require any further advice regards to the QCF in relation to Adult Care Services in Bury, please contact the Workforce Development Team:

Matt Peluch          TEL: 0161 253 6916
Sarah Tattersall  TEL: 0161 253 6863

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