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Vocational Qualifications
The Qualification and Credit Framework
A unitised system - The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) - is the new system for all qualifications which means more flexibility for both learners and employers to create tailored qualifications which are fit-forpurpose.  The system allows individuals to gain qualifications at their own pace along flexible routes. QCF qualifications are made up of units. Each unit has a credit value and a level. Levels indicate difficulty and vary from entry at Level 1 to Level 8. One credit represents 10 hours of study. There are three sizes of qualifications available:

Awards (1 to 12 credits)
Certificates (13 to 36 credits)
Diplomas (37 credits or more)

A full prospectus of qualifications and standards for the Cogent sector can be found at

Policies and Procedures

Cogent is now a Submitting Body for the QCF which means that we can develop Units of Assessment and Rules of Combination based on the needs of employers.  As a Submitting Body, Cogent have developed a range of policies and procedures to support the Regulatory Arrangements for the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

Equality and Diversity Policy
Conflict of Interest Policy
Rules of Combination Development
Unit Development amd Quality Assurance
Credit and Level Feedback Form
Review of Units and Rules of Combination

Scottish Qualifications and Credit Framework
The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) promotes lifelong learning in Scotland. Also a unitised system, the SCQF helps people of all ages and circumstances understand, gain access to and compare different types of qualifications and learning.  The framework is based on level and credit. Level indicates the complexity of the course, from access at Level 1 to Level 12. Credit indicates learning time with 1 credit representing 10 notional learning hours.

Click here for an overview of the SCQF
This link provides access to the SVQ Listing Report and the SVQ Lapsing Report. These give information about all SVQs that are currently live and SVQs that are entering their lapsing period at the end of the stated month.

 Who's Who
What is their role?
Individuals seeking validation for their achievements and competence.
  • Show they can perform to national standards in order to be awarded a VQ and demonstrate the specified knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • Take some responsibility for the quality of evidence provided to Assessors.
Appointed by an approved centre to assess a candidate’s evidence.  In direct contact with candidates.  Hold D32 and D33 or A1*.
Work to the Code of Practice.
  • Judge candidates’ evidence against the national standards.
  • Advise candidates on opportunities to collect evidence.
  • Decide whether the candidate has demonstrated competence, give feedback on the decision and record it.
  • Ensure that their assessment practice meets awarding body guidance and D32 and D33 or A1*.
Internal Verifiers
Appointed by an approved centre to ensure consistency and quality of assessment. Hold D34 or V1*, and D32 and D33 or A1*.
Work to the Code of Practice
  • Work with Assessors to ensure the quality and consistency of assessment.
  • Sample candidate assessments to ensure consistent assessment.
  • Ensure that their own verification practice meets D34 or V1*.
  • Ensure that assessment and verification records and documents are fit for purpose and meet awarding body requirements.
  • Ensure that requests for certificates to the awarding body are based on assessments of consistent quality.
  • Provide support and guidance for the centre’s Assessors.
Approved centres
Organisations approved by awarding bodies to assess and verify qualifications.
  • Manage assessment and verification on a day-to-day basis.
  • Have effective assessment practices and internal verification procedures.
  • Meet awarding body requirements for qualification delivery.
  • Have sufficient competent Assessors and Internal Verifiers with enough time and authority to carry out their roles effectively.
Centre co-ordinators
May take on some Internal Verifier functions, particularly relating to administration. Not all centres have co-ordinators.
  • Act as a contact for the awarding body and the External Verifier.
  • Ensure that there are accurate assessment and verification records for the qualification.
  • Request certificates from the awarding body.
 External Verifiers
Appointed by the awarding body to monitor the work of approved centres. They are the key link between the awarding body and the centre.  Hold D35 or V2* and D32 and D33 or A1*. Work to the Code of Practice.
  • Make sure that decisions on competence are consistent across centres.
  • Make sure that the quality of assessment and verification meets national standards.
  • Sample candidate assessments and monitor assessment and verification practices in centres.
  • Provide advice, guidance and feedback to centres.
  • Make regular visits to centres and assessment locations.
  • Ensure that their own verification practice meets D35 or V2* and D32 and D33 or A1*.
  • Approve recommendations for appointment of new Assessors and Internal Verifiers

* Replacement qualifications for D Units from September 2002.
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