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In our consultation we initially proposed that awarding organisations offering qualifications which were relevant to the purposes of the Government’s Raising the Participation Age policy should allocate a value of guided learning hours to those qualifications. We also proposed additional ways to describe a qualification’s size – so that those who use or take qualifications, such as teachers or students, can better understand the time involved in each qualification.
The findings of this consultation have helped inform the proposals set out in the consultation launched in March 2015 – ‘After the QCF: A new qualifications framework’ . This consultation sets out the regulations that we propose to introduce to require all qualifications to have a measure of size, known as Total Qualification Time. It also includes the proposed new criteria that awarding organisations would use to decide whether their qualifications are relevant to the Raising the Participation Age policy. Bringing in this requirement would support the new descriptive qualifications framework that we are proposing, with the size of all regulated qualifications described in a consistent way.
This consultation which ran from July to October 2014 is about how an awarding organisation should:
- decide whether a qualification is, or is likely to be, used by persons in work in England aged 16 or 17 to help them meet their legal duties to participate in relevant education or training
- calculate and describe the time students will typically need to spend undertaking certain activities when studying for a qualification.