Confused about regulated qualifications? We have created a short four-part series diving into the subject. Tackling what it is, what the benefits are and why you should make sure that your qualification is regulated.
What is a regulated qualification?
The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is the independent qualifications regulator for England. Its role is to ensure that qualifications are sufficiently valid, reliable and trusted. Ofqual regulates by setting out the rules and parameters that awarding organisations must be compliant with when designing, delivering and awarding regulated qualifications within the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF).
The RQF organises qualifications in terms of level (entry-level to level 8), total qualification time (the total time a qualification is expected to take to complete) and guided learning hours (the minimum teaching hours a learner should receive), giving a standardised way to compare the size and level of qualifications.
The role of an awarding body like VTCT is to design qualifications that fit the needs of the relevant sector and to develop assessment methods that ensure that learner attainment and knowledge is measured fairly and accurately against the demands of the industry.
Once these qualifications have been developed by an awarding body and regulated with Ofqual, they can be found on the register of regulated qualifications. These qualifications have been rigorously evaluated to ensure that they are fit for purpose and provide learners with the key knowledge to excel in their industry upon completion.
Who regulates the rest of the UK?
The other countries in the UK are regulated by different organisations depending on the region – ensuring high standards are maintained throughout the UK. The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) regulates Scotland, Qualifications Wales regulates non-degree qualifications in Wales and The Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) regulates Northern Ireland.
Read part one in our series, The importance of a regulated qualification