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.

Click on the links below to view the transition rules for each level:

PDF iconLEVEL 4 Updated.pdf 

PDF iconLEVEL 5 Updated.pdf

PDF iconLEVEL 6 Updated.pdf

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

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

Assessments for QCF / NQF qualifications finished in December 2017.  If you completed one of these qualifications, 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).

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)

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

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

Level 4 (all streams)

- units passed: 0-2

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).

Level 5 (all streams)

 - units passed: 4-6

Pass 7 units in total.   Choose the outstanding  number of units from those available in the RQF framework in order to complete your QCF qualification (exclude units you are exempt from)   

Level 5 (all streams)

 - units passed: 7

Pass 8 units in total.   Choose the necessary outstanding unit from those available in the RQF framework in order to complete your QCF qualification (exclude units you are exempt from)  

Level 5 (all streams)

- units passed: 0-3
Pass 6 units in total.   Choose the outstanding number of units from those available in the RQF framework in order to complete your QCF qualification (exclude units you are exempt from)
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
Level 6 (all streams)

- units passed: 0-2
Transfer to RQF.  Pass 6 units in total.   Choose the outstanding  number of units from those available in the RQF framework in order to complete your QCF qualification (exclude units you are exempt from)

 

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. 

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.

 

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