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• Welcome and introductions
• What is the QCF?
What is the QCF? Recognises achievement, through the award of credit for units and qualifications. It provides more flexible routes to full qualifications, achievable in smaller steps. New standardised titles will make it easier to understand compare. Greater commonality through shared units and a standard unit template. A new centralised database, due in late 2010, will help to track credit and provide learners with an online record of their achievements. The implementation of the QCF is already well underway in some sectors. Qualification purposes will replace ‘types’ for categorising qualifications. Still some uncertainty on funding and development timelines in some sectors.
Moving from the NVQ to the QCF PAST PRESENT JAN 2011* National Qualifications Framework (NQF) ‘Mixed Economy’ Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) Vocational qualifications (VRQs and NVQs) accredited by QCA onto the NQF. QCF introduced with a transitional period for new registrations until the end of 2010 whilst qualifications are developed and accredited on the QCF. Accredited vocational qualifications now on the QCF. NQF closed for new registrations. *Expected
More flexibility under the QCF Qualification Provider x credit unit z credit unit y credit unit Awarding organisation (AO) y credit unit w+x+y+z credits Credit accumulation - Greater choice and flexibility can support the provider in delivering more tailored courses to meet needs of wider group of learners and employers.
Credit transfer and progression Providers Level 3 Qualification Level 2 credit Level 3 credit AOs Level 3 credit Credit transfer - Progression supported by credit being used across levels, sizes (Award, Certificate and Diploma) and sometimes sector areas. Reduces in repetition of learning.
The building blocks Standard unit template • Title • Learning outcomes • Assessment criteria • Level • Credit value • GLH (if applicable) • The credit value is a measure of average time learning time • one credit = 10 hours of notional learning • Many units will still include guided learning hours (GLH) • no requirement to evidence notional hours still GLH. Units and credit in the QCF • Some units will appear in more than one qualification • Credit can be transferred between qualifications • Rules of combination outline what credit and which units can be used. • Many units shared across awarding organisations (AO) • Learners can gain credit towards a qualification from more than one AO • Many shared units developed in collaboration.
What makes up a qualification? 1 2 3 Rules of combination set out the combination of credit that must be achieved Designed by AOs with *SSCs/SSBs and only go on QCF when approved by the relevant SSC/SSB States credit required from mandatory and optional units 4 5 6 Credit can come from more than one level Exemptions and equivalents can also be identified Opportunities for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) * Sector Skills Council (SSC) / Standard Setting Bodies (SSB)
QCF qualifications 1 credit = 10 hours of learning. The learning time is notional and is taken as the estimated number of hours it takes the average learner to complete all the learning outcomes of that unit.
New titles and terminology 1. Difficulty 2. Size 3. Content Purpose? Entry to level 8 Award Certificate Diploma Used to describe subject area Additional terminology used to describe use eg prove occupational competence or CPD We already have over 500 qualifications on the QCF with titles including: • City & Guilds Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Hairdressing • City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Retail Skills • City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Retail Skills • City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector • City & Guilds Entry 3 Certificate in Personal Progression through Employment
Learner records and Unique Learner Numbers A major element of the centralised IT system for the QCF is the introduction of online learner records. This system will also manage the accumulation and transfer of credit (CAT) across awarding organisations and providers. 1 2 3 4 Each new QCF learner is set to have a centralised online learner record by the end of 2010. ULNs are the identifier required to facilitate learner and funding records moving forward. Many funding streams returns already have ULNs as a learner requirement. We have already successfully collected and authenticated nearly 200, 000 ULNs from centres. For more information and guidance check out www. cityandguilds. com/uln
What it really means for you Now • Mixed economy of delivery under new and old regulations • Lots of redeveloped qualifications delivered in short period • New titles and terminology • Increased funding volatility • Very short turnaround times • Need to develop employer and learner understanding In the long run • Further funding volatility and uncertainty over funding by credit/units • More demand-led system • Managing flexible delivery to meet more individual needs • Individual unit take-up
Impacts – things you need to consider Senior Management Do your have a clear strategy and action plans in place to deal with the changes? Curriculum planners When will your provision be redeveloped? Are you preparing for more flexible delivery? Delivery Staff Keeping on top of qualification redevelopment plans and the impact this might have on delivery and assessment? Staff Development / CPD Do you need a CPD programme to support staff through the changes? MIS / Exams Office Are you registered with MIAP as a Learner Registration Body, collecting ULNs for learners? Marketing and Sales What impact will timelines, new titles and terminology have on your prospectuses for 2010/2011? Employer engagement Are you reviewing your offering to employers and including in communications? IAG/Careers support Are staff ready to knowledgably advise learners on new QCF qualifications?
Five tops tips for successful implementation Here are just a few things you might want to set in motion if you haven’t already: 1 Develop an organisation-wide QCF strategy, identify the staff you will require to assess the full impacts and develop the required action plans to maximise the opportunities it presents. 2 Make all staff aware of the changes and deliver the training needed to bring them up to speed. 3 Monitor and communicate SSC/SSB plans and those of funding agencies and awarding organisations to relevant staff. 4 Seriously consider how the tight time frames will impact on your course offer and how you will then sell and market this offer, especially with so much uncertainty on specific QCF qualification details like titles. 5 Speak to City & Guilds…we are here to help!
How will I know when qualifications in my area will be on the QCF? We expect many of our qualifications to be developed and accredited on the QCF to be ready for delivery from Autumn 2010. • Our regular monthly e-mailings will advise of developments in each individual industry/subject area • You can register for these tailored and free updates at www. cityandguilds. com/updates • Redevelopment timetables will be updated regularly • Speak to your regional office contact
Timelines for full implementation We are investing heavily in improving and simplifying our processes, online catalogue, quality assurance model and pricing to improve the QCF experience for our centres. Nov 2008: Ministerial sign-off for implementation 2008 Sep 2009: Learner records 2009 2010 Jan 2011: NQF set to close for new registrations on NQF 2011 2012 NQF 2006 - 2008: Tests and trials QCF Spring 2009: City & Guilds first to get QCF recognition from the regulator Ofqual Aug 2010: Many qualifications now on the QCF and funded over NQF versions
All the information and support you need in one place Web www. cityandguilds. com/qcf Email [email protected] com Thank you and goodbye Please complete our short QCF survey before you leave. Your feedback is really important to us and it will form a key part of our work in supporting you moving forward. We are here to help so if there is anything else you need after the seminar, please let us know.