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The QCF and the HE Sector Current policy and future possibilities. Peter Wilson peterwilson49@btinternet.com SEEC Annual Conference London Dec 10 th 2010. The QCF. A secure part of Coalition policy Still (currently) vocational qualifications Approaching 7000 qualifications

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the qcf and the he sector current policy and future possibilities

The QCF and the HE SectorCurrent policy and future possibilities

Peter Wilson peterwilson49@btinternet.com

SEEC Annual Conference

London Dec 10th 2010

the qcf
The QCF
  • A secure part of Coalition policy
  • Still (currently) vocational qualifications
  • Approaching 7000 qualifications
  • 120 Awarding Organisations
  • Transition from the NQF ‘almost complete’
  • Delivery on expected benefits?
credit in he and fe
1980 CNAA CAT Scheme

1995 Choosing to Change

2010 Institutional Credit Schemes

1980 Local credit schemes (OCNs)

1995 National Credit Framework

2010 Regulated National Framework

Credit in HE and FE
different kinds of credit transfer
QCF

Regulatory Arrangements

Rules of combination

An entitlement to credit transfer

HEIs

Institutional arrangements

Admissions policy

Credit transfer by discretion

Different kinds of ‘credit transfer’
credit transfer within he
Credit transfer within HE
  • 1995 ‘Very little evidence of credit transfer’ (Choosing to Change)
  • 2010 No apparent change (eg SEEC web site)
  • Credit transfer between 100 (?) HEIs and between different localities
  • An essentially geographic concept
credit transfer within fe
Credit transfer within ‘FE’
  • In the control of awarding organisations, not providers
  • 6000+ awarding organisation centres
  • Some providers use 60 or more awarding organisations
  • Credit transfer within a college or a within a locality
credit transfer within the qcf
Credit transfer within the QCF
  • Like HE, no evidence of current use.
  • An unfamiliar concept to qualifications designers and developers
  • A challenge to AO business models
  • Disincentives in the current SFA funding arrangements
  • Few opportunities for transfer between qualifications in ‘QCF V0.1’
credit transfer between qcf and he
Credit transfer between QCF and HE
  • Still clear policy commitment to increased flexibility and progression from FE to HE
  • Is the real transfer of credits between the QCF and HE technically possible?
  • ‘Dual accreditation’
  • ‘Recognition’ of credits
  • ‘APL’
  • ‘Exemptions’ and ‘advanced standing’
entry to he through credit transfer
Entry to HE through ‘credit transfer’
  • Institutional validation policies on the transfer of credits from the QCF to HE?
  • References to QCF credits or qualifications in admissions policies?
  • References to QCF credits or qualifications in faculty/school/course entry requirements?
  • Individual decisions on ‘credit transfer’
  • The role of SEEC and the UK Credit Forum?
approaches to credit transfer
Approaches to ‘credit transfer’
  • Joint development of units shared between QCF and HEIs (eg LLUK)
  • ‘Embedding’ a QCF qualification within an HEI award (eg FDs)
  • ‘Curriculum matching’ a QCF qualification by an HEI (eg ILM Diplomas)
  • Optional units within an HEI award (eg U of Plymouth Health Studies)
barriers to transfer from qcf to he
Barriers to transfer from QCF to HE
  • Lack of institutional policy (cf OU)
  • Lack of familiarity with QCF
  • Lack of confidence in QCF
  • Major funding disincentives
  • Qualifications not credits
  • Are AOs and HEIs collaborators or competitors in higher level qualifications?
a possible future
A possible future?
  • More credit transfer opportunities within re-accredited qualifications in ‘QCF V0.2’
  • Higher level QCF qualifications designed with credit transfer to HEIs in mind
  • Removal of funding barriers in FE and HE
  • Market segmentation between QCF and HE to maximise use of reduced public funding?
  • Real credit transfer between HEIs and ‘QCF V0.3’?