The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)
The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) is a single framework introduced in 2015 for describing all regulated qualifications in England. It provides information about the level of challenge and the size of each qualification, showing where a qualification sits in relation to others in terms of level and size. ICM offers single subject qualifications and professional qualifications.
The different levels indicate the level of challenge of qualifications at Entry Levels 1 – 3 and Levels 1 – 8. The level descriptors for each level describe in general terms, without being specific to any vocational area, the challenge in terms of knowledge and skills required at each level. The descriptors indicate the outcome of learning rather than the learning process or the assessment method.
Total Qualification Time (TQT)
The size of the qualification is based on the amount of Total Qualification Time (TQT), which is the time it takes to complete the qualification, including its associated learning and assessment. As some learners will study faster or slower than others, the qualification size is a guide (for a notional learner) and not an absolute measure of achievement. The TQT includes the guided learning hours (GLH) that show the amount of time required for activities necessitating a member of staff or other supervisory person to be present, such as teaching in a classroom environment, workplace induction and supervised practical sessions. The TQT is used to calculate the credit for the qualification.
Awarding organisations now have the freedom to review and develop qualifications to best fit their learners, and the titling of qualifications is related to TQT such that:
- An 'Award' is a small-sized qualification, i.e. a qualification that has a TQT value of 120 hours or less
- A 'Certificate' is a medium-sized qualification, i.e. a qualification that has a TQT value in the range of 121 to 369 hours
- A 'Diploma' is a large-sized qualification, i.e. a qualification with a TQT value of 370 hours or more
Titling of ICM Qualifications
In the review of existing qualifications and the development of new qualifications, ICM selects titles in line with other registered awarding organisations.
The qualification name consists of the following components in this order:
- Health & Safety
- Sales Management
- Accounting & Finance
- Business Management
- Commercial Management
- Human Resource Development
- International Trade
- Maritime Management
- Project Management
- Sports Management