Coaching in the UK

An update on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) and the implications for sports coaching qualifications

Thu, 11 Dec 2014

An update on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) and the implications for sports coaching qualifications

Partners may be aware of the recent Ofqual consultation on the removal of the QCF rules. Ofqual have now published their response to the consultation which can be found here.

As outlined in our recent update, sports coach UK and the Qualifications Working Group were anticipating that, following the consultation on the QCF rules,  there would be an announcement about the future regulation of qualifications (in England and Wales) in early 2015.

The implications of the recent Ofqual announcement is that the removal of the QCF rules will now not take place until after a further technical consultation has taken place, leaving the QCF as the national framework until at least summer 2015.

The outcome of Ofqual’s delay in confirming the shape of the new regulatory environment is that sports coach UK are in the process of converting the new Working Group-developed common coaching content into QCF units. The new units will then be credited and levelled ready for sports who aspire to move their coaching qualifications forward during 2015, to work with their awarding organisation to submit new qualifications onto the QCF.

With all current QCF coaching qualifications being accredited until the end of September 2016, national governing bodies have seemingly two choices:

  • Begin a review of their coaching qualifications and align them to the new common content, and with their awarding organisation, place them on the QCF in 2015(with review dates in 2017 or 2018).  This will allow new opportunities, such as the inclusion of a sessional coach to be developed and utilised in the QCF environment sooner rather than later.
  • Recognise that the new regulated environment won’t be available until later in 2015 and plan to align to the new common coaching content in 2016, using the promised flexibility offered by the removal of the QCF rules.

There continue to be a number of uncertainties as to the what the suggested flexibility will offer and as such you are encouraged to continue to liaise with your awarding organisation to keep abreast of their interpretation of the changing landscape.  sports coach UK will also be available to support sports in their transition to the new common coaching content.

If you have any urgent questions relating to any of the above please contact your awarding organisation or Anne Baker [email protected]

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