Ofqual Accreditation

1. Corporate Recognition

Our awarding body, University of West London Qualifications, has corporate recognition from Ofqual (the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator), and the corresponding organisations in Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA).

2. Qualification Accreditation

Our graded exams in most subjects, plus our diplomas in music performance and music teaching, are accredited by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA. In order to be accredited, qualifications need to meet stringent criteria related to exam content, delivery, assessment and reporting procedures.

Total Qualification Time (TQT)

Following the introduction of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), all awarding organisations accredited by Ofqual are required to allocate a new measure of learning hours.

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is a measure of the time typically taken for an ‘average learner’ to complete a qualification. This is determined by combining the Guided Learning Hours (GLH) with the Notional or Other Learning. It is aligned with the enforcement of Raising the Participation Age (RPA) of young people meaning that they will need to prove that they are in full-time education until they are 18. One way of doing this is to show that they have sufficient contact time in a school or college to make up the hours required for full-time education.

Section 145 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 imposes a duty on awarding organisations to determine whether a qualification is, or is likely to be, taken by a young person for RPA purposes, and, if so, to set out how many ‘hours of guided learning’ students will need to complete the qualification.

Please see below tables with the figures for Guided Learning Hours and Total Qualification Time: 

1.         Music performance

Qualification 

Guided Learning Hours 

Other learning 

Total Qualification Time 

Credit value 

 Grade 1

 12

 48

 60

 6

 Grade 2

 18

 72

 90

 9

 Grade 3

 18

 102

 120

 12

 Grade 4

 24

 126

 150

 15

 Grade 5

 24

 156

 180

 18

 Grade 6

 36

 184

 220

 22

 Grade 7

 48

 222

 270

 27

 Grade 8

 54

 266

 320

 32

 

2.         Music Theory

Qualification 

Guided Learning Hours 

Other learning 

Total Qualification Time 

Credit value 

 Grade 1

 6

 14

 20

 2

 Grade 2

 9

 21

 30

 3

 Grade 3

 9

 41

 50

 5

 Grade 4

 12

 58

 70

 7

 Grade 5

 12

 78

 90

 9

 Grade 6

 18

 112

 130

 13

 Grade 7

 24

 146

 170

 17

 Grade 8

 36

 174

 210

21

  

3.         Speech and drama

Qualification 

Guided Learning Hours 

Practice Hours 

Total Qualification Time 

Credit value 

 Grade 1

 12

 48

 60

 6

 Grade 2

 18

 62

 80

 8

 Grade 3

 18

 82

 100

 10

 Grade 4

 24

 106

 130

 13

 Grade 5

 24

 126

 150

 15

 Grade 6

 30

 140

 170

 17

 Grade 7

 30

 160

 190

 19

 Grade 8

 48

 202

 250

 25