A qualification is intended to show employers, teachers and learners what someone has learnt and can do as a result of that achievement. There are a large number of qualifications and the way they are described and marketed can be confusing. This section explains the key characteristics of recognised qualifications.
The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) set out the levels against which a qualification can be recognised in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) provides a way to compare the level of qualifications across different countries and systems in Europe, making them easy to understand.
We go into more detail with these frameworks in our framework page.