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RQF and TQT information

Transition from QCF to RQF - summary of changes

The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) has replaced the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). All qualifications are now regulated through the RQF, which is more descriptive and less prescriptive than its predecessor. In summary:

  • The QCF rules are completely withdrawn
  • The term 'QCF' will be removed from all existing qualification titles by December 2017 and replaced by the ‘RQF’
  • The RQF will be a simple, descriptive framework
  • Qualifications will be described by size and difficulty
  • Guided Learning Hours (GLH) will be replaced with Total Qualification Time (TQT), which includes GLH, assessment and self-directed study time – with the size of the qualification indicated by the total amount of time a learner is anticipated to complete
  • The terms Award, Certificate and Diploma will remain
  • Credits are no longer a requirement, but if used, will be calculated as TQT divided by 10

Visit GOV.UK for further information together with an illustrative explanatory diagram from Ofqual.

GLH and TQT for Trinity qualifications

In order to determine the GLH and TQT assigned to each of its regulated qualifications, Trinity College London has undertaken internal reviews and external consultations with learning centres and other awarding organisations.

It should be noted that rates of learner progression vary depending on personal and educational circumstances. GLH and TQT hours are therefore intended as indicators of the relative size of a qualification rather than a prescriptive requirement.

See Ofqual TQT criteria for details of how GLH and TQT are estimated.


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