The Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) has closed and Ofqual have introduced a framework for all qualifications from GCSE to vocational. QCF has been replaced by the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF). Ofqual have requested that awarding organisations must remove references to QCF from their websites, qualification titles and documents; this must be completed by the 31 December 2017. Part of the new RQF is the requirement for all qualifications, that will be open to registrations post 31 December 2017, to have Total Qualification Time (TQT) allocated to them. The deadline for this is also the 31 December 2017.
TQT is comprised of the following two elements:
- the number of hours which an awarding organisation has assigned to a qualification for Guided Learning, and
- an estimate of the number of hours a Learner will reasonably be likely to spend in preparation, study or any other form of participation in education or training, including assessment, which takes place as directed by – but, unlike Guided Learning, not under the Immediate Guidance or Supervision of – a lecturer, supervisor, tutor or other appropriate provider of education or training.
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) remains in place and credits can remain but are not mandatory.