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All you need to know about the transition


In December 2017, English Speaking Board (International) Ltd. will be removing QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) from the titles of its qualifications and replacing it with RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework). This amendment is a compliance requirement from Ofqual, who regulate our qualifications in England. By 31st December 2017, all awarding bodies must remove QCF from the title of each qualification and supporting documents, including qualification specifications. Below is a list of questions that help explain the transition from QCF to RQF:


Q: What is the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)?

A: The RQF was introduced by Ofqual in 2015 and it is the structure that is used to regulate qualifications. A key aspect of the RQF is Total Qualification Time (TQT). Ofqual state that TQT is comprised of the following two elements:

a) the number of hours which an awarding organisation has assigned to a qualification for Guided Learning, and
b)an estimate of the number of hours a Learner will reasonably be likely to spend in preparation, study or any other form of participation in education or training, including assessment, which takes place as directed by – but, unlike Guided Learning, not under the immediate guidance or supervision of – a lecturer, supervisor, tutor or other appropriate provider of education or training.

All qualifications will be assigned a TQT by 31 December 2017.


Q: Will the RQF change a level of a qualification?

A: No. The levels of our qualifications are benchmarked to Ofqual level descriptors, which outline required skills, knowledge and understanding in Entry 1-3 and Levels 1-8.


Q: Will the RQF change the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria of a qualification?

A: No. There will be no change to the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria of our qualifications.


Q: Will the RQF change the way in which a qualification is assessed?

A: No. There will be no change to how our qualifications are assessed. Please be reassured that there is no change in learners’ experience of assessment.


Q: Will the RQF change the way in which a qualification is graded?

A: No. There will be no change to how our qualifications are marked and graded.


Q: When we will upload amended qualification specifications?

A: You will find amended qualification specifications on our website in December. Please visit the website regularly and check for updates.  These updated qualification specifications will refer to the RQF, and state the Total Qualification Time (TQT) of the qualification.


Q: What happens to learners taking QCF qualifications in December 2017?

A: If a learner passes an assessment for a qualification with QCF in the title, they will receive a certificate which states QCF.


Q: Will centres need to do anything?

A: No. However, you may be asked to complete a short online questionnaire regarding the Total Qualification Time (TQT) of a specific qualification or qualification group.


If you have any queries, or would like to find out more, please email

For further information about RQF and TQT please visit: 

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