Employers and training providers have raised concerns with both SEMTA and awarding organisations about the lack of recognition of NQF qualifications in the SASE/W.
To support the achievement of NQF NVQs as part of the SASE framework, SEMTA recognises that there is a one-to-one relationship between the content, assessment evidence/requirements and rules of combination of the Edexcel accredited NQF and the QCF NVQs.
This means that Edexcel QCF NVQs can be achieved and certificated based on the evidence presented for Edexcel NQF NVQ achievement, as long the learner is still judged as being occupationally competent.
Similarly, there is mapping in the new BTEC specifications that details the similarities and differences between the previous version of the BTEC (NQF) and the new/current version (QCF).
Therefore, where learners present evidence that is valid and authentic, and no deficiencies are found, we will issue a QCF certificate.
In cases where shortfalls are identified, learners will be expected to make good the shortfall before certification could be considered. We will charge a fee of £20 for re-certification.
If you have learners who have already achieved an NQF BTEC or an NVQ and would now like this to constitute part of the QCF Apprenticeship, please contact your Edexcel Business Development Manager or your Regional Account Manager.
You will need to register your learners on the QCF Apprenticeship and apply for a credit note post-registration (that is, a refund on the full fee minus £20), which could then be validated and signed off by your BDM or RAM.