The RCVS Awarding Body has been recognised by Ofqual to operate in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) – the new system which will replace the current National Qualifications Framework across England, Wales and Northern Ireland this summer.

The RCVS Awarding Body has been recognised by Ofqual to operate in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) – the new system which will replace the current National Qualifications Framework across England, Wales and Northern Ireland this summer.

Jacqui MolyneuxThe Royal College is the awarding body for veterinary nurse qualifications, so this recognition ensures that the Awarding Body can continue to provide veterinary nursing vocational qualifications. 

The QCF is the new government framework which sets out how all regulated vocational qualifications must be structured, titled and quality assured. The QCF allows more flexibility for people to gain qualifications in smaller steps, building from a series of units that all have credit values. The new system is already up and running, and full implementation will be in place by the end of 2010. 

Awarding Body board chairman Jacqui Molyneux said: “We are among the earliest organisations to receive such recognition. I am delighted that, despite the tough time-frames set by Ofqual for the introduction of the QCF, the Awarding Body is on target for the new qualifications to be delivered in autumn.”

For more information about the development of the new veterinary nursing qualifications, which have been the subject of several periods of consultation, visit www.rcvs.org.uk/vnawardsreview.

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