What are the benefits of RQFs and why choose an RQF qualification?

Compared to its predecessors, the Regulated Qualifications Framework has many benefits.  These are as follows:

  • The RQF is not as structured as the QCF and is more focused on outcomes.
  • The RQF allows people more flexibility and leeway when they are creating their qualifications. This means that they can be easily moulded to prepare students for specific professions.
  • Unlike on the QCF, qualifications no longer have to be unitised, unless this suits the purposes of the specific qualification.
  • As the qualifications have been arranged into understandable levels, it is easy for students to measure their success against other qualification types and decide on the appropriate next steps.
  • Students can study an award, certificate and a diploma on one level depending on how much time they have and how much time they plan to dedicate to the work.

Why choose an RQF qualification?

They are recognised and reliable

RQFs are all regulated by Ofqual. Ofqual is The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation that regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. By choosing to study an RQF, students will guarantee that their qualification will carry meaning and recognition.  This is because it is recognised by a government department.

There’s funding available

Also, if you choose to study an RQF, you may be eligible for government funding. When you apply for certain RQFs at Stonebridge, you can take advantage of the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. As long as the RQF is eligible and you are 19 or above and a UK citizen, you should be good to go.

Source: Ofqual

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