Regulated Qualifications Framework

Qualifications and credit framework

The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) is replacing the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) as the system for recognising skills and qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The new framework is made up of units (small steps of learning), which are combined through 'rules of combination' to make qualifications. Each unit has a credit value (with each credit representing 10 learning hours) and a level (showing how difficult it is).

There are three sizes of qualifications in the QCF:

  • Awards (1 to 12 credits)
  • Certificates (13 to 36 credits)
  • Diplomas (37 credits or more)

So in the new framework you could have an award at level 1 or an award at level 8; this is because the qualification type (award, certificate, diploma) represents the size of a qualification, not how difficult it is.

Therefore, each qualification title includes the following:

  • Qualification level (from entry level at the bottom to level 8 at the top)
  • Qualification size (award, certificate or diploma)
  • Details indicating the content of the qualification

LCM Exams/University of West London and the QCF

We have achieved official recognition from Ofqual to award qualifications on the QCF.

Our graded exams in most subjects, and diplomas in music performance and teaching, are fully accredited on the new framework; details are listed below.

Graded exams

Subject Grade Accreditation No. RQF Level RQF Credit Value RQF Qualification Type
Music Performance 1 501/1985/0 1 6 Award
2 501/2002/5 1 9 Award
3 501/2004/9 1 12 Award
4 501/2003/7 2 15 Certificate
5 501/2006/2 2 18 Certificate
6 501/2083/9 3 22 Certificate
7 501/2082/7 3 27 Certificate
8 501/2066/9 3 32 Certificate
Theory of Music 1 501/2031/1 1 2 Award
2 501/2032/3 1 3 Award
3 501/2033/5 1 5 Award
4 501/2034/7 2 7 Award
5 501/2035/9 2 9 Award
6 501/2078/5 3 13 Certificate
7 501/2079/7 3 17 Certificate
8 501/2081/5 3 21 Certificate
Popular Music Theory 1 501/2036/0 1 2 Award
2 501/2037/2 1 3 Award
3 501/2038/4 1 5 Award
4 501/2039/6 2 7 Award
5 501/2040/2 2 9 Award
6 501/2106/6 3 13 Certificate
7 501/2107/8 3 17 Certificate
8 501/2108/X 3 21 Certificate
Verse Speaking 1 501/2011/6 1 6 Award
2 501/2012/8 1 8 Award
3 501/2021/9 1 10 Award
4 501/2023/2 2 13 Certificate
5 501/2024/4 2 15 Certificate
6 501/2088/8 3 17 Certificate
7 501/2089/X 3 19 Certificate
8 501/2090/6 3 25 Certificate
Reading Aloud 1 501/2020/7 1 6 Award
2 501/2014/1 1 8 Award
3 501/2015/3 1 10 Award
4 501/2027/X 2 13 Certificate
5 501/2025/6 2 15 Certificate
6 501/2096/7 3 17 Certificate
7 501/2095/5 3 19 Certificate
8 501/2093/1 3 25 Certificate
Oral Communication 1 501/2016/5 1 6 Award
2 501/2019/0 1 8 Award
3 501/2017/7 1 10 Award
4 501/2030/X 2 13 Certificate
5 501/2029/3 2 15 Certificate
6 501/2094/3 3 17 Certificate
7 501/2091/8 3 19 Certificate
8 501/2092/X 3 25 Certificate
Speech and Drama 1 501/2022/0 1 6 Award
2  501/2018/9 1 8 Award
3  501/2013/X 1 10 Award
4  501/2026/8 2 13 Certificate
5  501/2028/1 2 15 Certificate
6  501/2048/0 3 17 Certificate
7  501/2085/2 3 19 Certificate
8  501/2086/4 3 25 Certificate
Acting 1  501/2046/3 1 6 Award
2  501/2047/5 1 8 Award
3  501/1982/5 1 10 Award
4  501/1983/7 2 13 Certificate
5  501/1984/9 2 15 Certificate
6  501/2060/8 3 17 Certificate
7  501/2064/5 3 19 Certificate
8  501/2061/X 3 25 Certificate
Music Theatre 1 501/2005/0 1 6 Award
2  501/2007/4 1 8 Award
3  501/2008/6 1 10 Award
4  501/2009/8 2 13 Certificate
5  501/2010/4 2 15 Certificate
6  501/2071/2 3 17 Certificate
7  501/2077/3 3 19 Certificate
8  501/2080/3 3 25 Certificate

 

Further information

Further details may be found on The Register of Regulated Qualifications. (NB the Awarding Organisation is University of West London Qualifications (UWLQ).)