There are three sizes of NVQs in the QCF:
- Award (1 to 12 credits)
- Certificate (13 to 36 credits)
- Diploma (37 credits and above). Every unit and qualification in the QCF has a credit value.
The credit value of a unit specifies the number of credits that will be awarded to a learner who has met the learning outcomes of the unit.
The credit value of a unit is based on:
- one credit for those learning outcomes achievable in 10 hours of learning
- Learning time – defined as the time taken by learners at the level of the unit, on average, to complete the learning outcomes of the unit to the standard determined by the assessment criteria.