The majority of our qualifications have been accredited to one of two Qualification Frameworks. This page will provide you with more information about each framework and explain why they are important.
What is a Qualification Framework?
Qualification frameworks are designed to help you make informed decisions about the qualifications you need. Each framework has a set of levels from which you can identify clear progression routes.
Two of the frameworks used within England, Wales and Northern Ireland are the National Qualification Framework (NQF) and the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF).
These frameworks are regulated to ensure that all qualifications within the frameworks are of a high quality and meet the needs of students, employers and higher education.
What are levels?
Both frameworks have nine levels from Entry Level through to Level 8, although we don't currently offer qualifications at Level 8. The level of a qualification shows how difficult the learning is.
Qualifications that share the same level:
- are broadly similar in terms of the demand
- can be very different in terms of content and duration.