Vocational Courses to Have New Framework

People studying vocational subjects like plumbing courses will now have their achievements recognized by the new Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Vocational courses on the QCF are comprised of mandatory and optional units which allow learners on electrical courses to progress step-by-step until they achieve a full qualification. Each unit on the QCF has a credit value that shows how long it takes to complete.
Each credit has a value of ten hours of ‘learning time’ and students can advance at their own pace. The notional learning time is based on how long it would take an average learner to pass a specific unit.
Learning in areas like tiling courses will not be repeated unnecessarily as completed units will be kept on record. This means students can ‘bank’ their new skills and track their learning on a personal centralised online learner record as the course advances.
Each qualification is given a title which details its difficulty level, size and subject content. Those interested in plumbing courses can chose what level they want to learn at. Each qualification ranges from entry level to level 8. Levels 1 and 2 are GSCE standard while level 3 is equivalent to an A level and a PhD is at level 8.
People interested in plastering courses can choose the size and level of a qualification that best suits their needs, providing they meet the entry criteria.
QCF qualifications can include units from different levels depending on the rules of combination and the number of credits a student earns will determine the size of their achievement. An Online Plumber Service In Jaipur Award is the smallest type of qualification on the QCF and is worth between one and 12 credits. A Certificate is worth between 13 and 36 credits and a Diploma is worth 37 credits or more.
The QCF will be fully implemented by the end of 2010 and will replace the National Qualifications Framework in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. People interested in plumbing courses can complete different units across these areas of the UK.
Those wanting to sign up to plumbing courses in Scotland will operate under the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, Do Plumbers Plumb which does not use the same system. Both QCF and NQF qualification registrations will co-exist until the end of the year.
Other vocational qualifications such as BTECs and NVQs are being changed into units and moved on to the QCF, although some qualifications will continued to be called NVQs.
Over 50,000 learners in subjects like plastering courses are in the process of completing one of City & Guild’s 500 QCF accredited qualifications.

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