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The European Qualifications Framework (EQF)

The EQF is a reference framework that links the qualifications of different countries together. It acts as a translation device to make qualifications easier to understand across different countries and systems in Europe. This will help learners and workers who are moving between countries, from job to job and from one education or training institution to another. The aims of the EQF are to help develop a European-wide workforce that is mobile and flexible and to aid lifelong learning.

Click here to access the EQF portal through which you can find more information.

How is the UK involved in the EQF?

As the countries within the UK have different education systems and therefore different frameworks, three National Coordination Points (NCPs) have been established across the UK:

  • The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (SCQFP) as the NCP for Scotland to reference the Scottish Qualifications Framework (SCQF) to the EQF.
  • The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) as the NCP for Wales to reference the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW) to the EQF.
  • Ofqual and CCEA (Northern Ireland) as the joint NCP for England and Northern Ireland to reference the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) to the EQF.

Level correspondences

The following table shows the corresponding levels of the UK frameworks to the EQF:

EQF

European Qualifications Framework

QCF

Qualifications and Credit Framework

CQFW

Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales

SCQF

Scottish
Credit and Qualifications Framework

NQF

National Qualifications Framework

8

8

8

 12

8

7

7

7

 11

7

6

6

6

10/9

6

5

4/5

4/5

7/8

4/5

4

3

3

6

3

3

2

2

2

2

1

1

4

1

1

E3

E3

3

 

 

E2

E2

2

 

 

E1

E1

1