The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)
This framework Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) explaining what these changes might be for individual qualifications. Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) What is it?
The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) is the framework for all of the qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual. It was launched in October 2015 to coincide with the withdrawal of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
The RQF has one basic aim that Ofqual believes will give it an advantage – simplicity for employers and learners.
Therefore, for each qualification the syllabus we will provide information on the:
• knowledge and skills that the Awarding Organisation of the qualification will have
• The primary objective of the qualification and the benefit it provides to learners
• The possible progression routes between qualifications
• The level and size of the qualification, using a common language and terminology
• This applies to, and encompasses, every qualification that Ofqual regulates.
However, changes to update the content of each qualification and in some cases the assessment method may change, for example the number of questions in a test. Any changes will be kept as simple as possible and
What are the RQF requirements?
For every qualification an offered, a primary objective must be defined, which must be kept under review.
The following two areas are required for all RQF qualifications.
New level descriptors. This focuses on the knowledge and skills a holder of the qualification will have. Levels range from entry 1 up to level 8.
Perhaps the biggest change is in how the size of qualifications will be measured. Ofqual has introduced a new term, Total Qualification Time (TQT), which will determine the overall size of a RQF qualification.
What is TQT?
TQT stands for ‘Total Qualification Time’ and is an estimate of the total number of hours it would take an average learner to achieve and demonstrate the necessary level of attainment to be awarded with a qualification. TQT is assigned to a qualification as guidance and is not a mandatory requirement unless otherwise specified*. It is calculated by listening to feedback from Trainers and may be updated from time to time to better reflect how Intrinsic Training Solutions deliver training that leads to a qualification. Both the TQT figure and the guided learning figure will be included in the specifications.
It is made up of two parts.
Guided learning (sometimes referred to as guided learning hours or GLH) refers to the amount of time it would take an average learner to complete all the aspects of learning, study or assessment of a qualification while being taught, instructed by, or otherwise being under the immediate guidance or supervision of a tutor/assessor. This includes the activity of being assessed if the assessment takes place under immediate guidance, supervision or invigilation. The number of hours it would take an average learner to complete any other required learning, self-study, preparation and assessment of a qualification without being under the immediate supervision, guidance or invigilation of a tutor/assessor.
For example, undertaking e-learning without the supervision of a tutor, completing homework or independent research.
This figure is added to the guided learning figure to get the TQT figure.