The updated RQF qualification framework transition arrangements

ABE's outstanding new RQF portfolio is the result of extensive research which builds on and enhances all the features you love about our fantastic QCF qualifications, moving the qualifications forward in order to develop the skills you will need in the coming decades.

PDF iconFramework 2017 2-sided (002).pdf - download the updated RQF portfolio framework

PDF iconABE from QCF to RQF.pdf - download the transition rules for QCF qualifications

PDF iconABE from NQF to RQF.pdf - download the transition rules for NQF qualifications (Botswana only) 

All current QCF / NQF qualification units will be available for the June 2017 and December 2017 exam sessions.  If you complete your current qualification in that time, you can simply go on to the next level from the RQF framework.

Transition guidelines for those partway through a qualification

The updated RQF versions of our qualifications have been mapped against the current versions to support progression from old to new. Our key priority is to look after the interest of learners during the transition, whilst adhering to the regulatory requirements by recognising prior learning “which is relevant to the knowledge, skills and understanding which will be assessed” as part of each qualification (Ofqual GCR E10.2).

If you have completed more than 50 per cent your QCF/NQF qualification, you will achieve a QCF/NQF certificate once you have completed the prerequisite number of units for the qualification.  Your outstanding units can be selected from the RQF framework.

If you have completed 50 per cent or less of your QCF/NQF qualification, you will need to transfer to achieve an RQF certificate once you have completed the prerequisite number of units for the RQF qualification. 

There are QCF / NQF units which entitle you to exceptions based on our mapping activity whereby the completed QCF / NQF units will exempt you from an RQF unit. When completing your qualification, please ensure that you select RQF units that are not exempted by your QCF / NQF passes.  

PDF iconRQF UNIT BY UNIT EXEMPTIONS (002).pdf - view the  RQF exemptions for QCF units

PDF iconABE RQF_NQF Exemptions.pdf - view the RQF exemptions for NQF units (Botswana only)

FileTransition tool - QCF to RQF.xlsx - use this handy transition tool

FileCompleting your QCF qualification.xlsx - use this tool to help you assess the units you need to take at Level 5 and 6.

QCF / NQF qualification stage at the time of transfer What you need to do What certificate you achieve

Level 4 (all streams)

- units passed: 3

Complete 4 units in total.

Select and complete this mandatory RQF unit to make up your current QCF qualification: Dynamic Business Environments

QCF / NQF Level 4 Diploma (4 units)

Level 4 (all streams)

- units passed: 0-2

You will need to transfer to  RQF 

Choose either Level 4 Foundation Diploma (4 units) or Level 4 Diploma (8 units) - select outstanding number of units from the RQF framework  according to the specific qualification you wish to achieve (excluding units you are exempt from).

RQF Level 4 Foundation Diploma (4 units)

or

RQF Level 4 Diploma (8 units)

Level 5 (all streams)

 - units passed: 4-7

Pass 8 units in total.  Select the necessary number of outstanding units from the RQF framework in order to complete your QCF qualification (exclude units you are exempt from)   

QCF Level 5 Diploma (8 units)
Level 5 (all streams)

- units passed: 0-3
Transfer to RQF.  Pass 6 units in total.   Select the outstanding number of units from the RQF framework according to the specific qualification you wish to achieve (exclude units you are exempt from). RQF Level 5 Diploma (6 units)
Level 6 (all streams)

- units passed: 3-4
Pass 5 units in total. 

Select and complete one or two out of the four mandatory RQF units listed below to make up the your current QCF qualification (excluding units you are exempt from):

Leading Strategic Change

Business Strategy & Decision-making


Developing International Markets

Business Ethics and Sustainability
QCF Level 6 Diploma (5 units)
Level 6 (all streams)

- units passed: 0-2
Transfer to RQF.  Pass 6 units in total.   Select the outstanding number of units from the RQF framework according to the specific qualification you wish to achieve (exclude those you are exempt from). RQF Level 6 Diploma (6 units)

 

Note 1. Business Management - Management of Information Systems (MIS) pathway – As notified in December 2015, the final exam session for MIS units took place in December 2016. Those who have not completed their MIS units must now complete units that make up BM qualifications. The transition rules in Table 1 apply as normal. They may request for a unit certificate for completed MIS unit/s.

Note 2. Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management (TTHM) – As notified in December 2016, the final exam session for TTHM units takes place in December 2017. Those who have not completed their TTHM qualfication after that exam session may transfer to BM programmes according to the transition rules on Table 1. They may request for a unit certificate for completed TTHM unit/s where exemptions do not apply.

Guidance notes

Those who have not completed their QCF / NQF qualification and who would like to transfer to an RQF qualification - according to the transition rules above - can apply to do so from 4th September 2017 onwards.

Those who have not completed their QCF / NQF qualification after the December 2017 exam session will need to complete their qualification with  RQF units according to the rules above. 

The new RQF qualifications will be graded. Hence, you can transfer the grade you receive on completed QCF units which will count towards the RQF qualification.

In a case where a QCF unit has exemption from two RQF units, it can only count it against one RQF unit.

The completed QCF / NQF and RQF units will be listed on your certificate.