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Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales

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Each section of the CQFW Handbook is available here for download.
General information about Vocational Qualifications.
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The Credit and Qualification Framework for Wales (CQFW) enables recognition and comparison of achievements from all types of education and training activity.

The framework recognises full and partial completion of qualifications and the diverse range of education and training activity within and outside of the regulatory and funding arrangements.

The vision for the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales underpins five key goals, to:

  • enable everyone to develop and maintain essential skills
  • encourage people to become lifelong learners
  • exploit the knowledge in businesses and educational institutions
  • encourage business and workers to gain new skills
  • and help people within their communities to develop new skills.

This will be achieved through:

  • helping everyone reach their potential
  • reducing inequality
  • and improving economic and social well-being.

The CQFW supports all recognised, credit-based learning within:

  • Higher Education
  • Regulated General and Vocational Qualifications
  • Quality Assured Lifelong Learning.

The CQFW is for all learners aged 14 and above. They will be able to benefit whether they are learning in the workplace, in the community, at school, college or university.

The CQFW has three common principles:

  • expression of achievement as learning outcomes
  • the demands made on the learner to achieve the learning outcomes (level)
  • the volume of learning achievements (credit).

The CQFW Common Accord is the foundation document formalising agreement on terminology, design specifications, principles and systems required to ensure that assigned and awarded credit is fully assured.

The Common Accord Forum is the main cross-sector committee of the CQFW. The Forum exists to support, guide, give direction and facilitate access to wider expertise through members’ networks and contributes to the ongoing development, implementation and success of the CQFW.

For further information about CQFW, CCAF and the implementation plan, you can download the handbook in Related links.

Links to other National and UK bodies (external links)