The European Qualifications Framework
The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is an overarching qualifications 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 EQF will relate different countries' national qualifications systems to a common European reference framework. Individuals and employers will be able to use the EQF to better understand and compare the qualifications levels of different countries and different education and training systems.
The EQF will not:
- replace existing national qualifications systems or require them to be adjusted in any way
- include specific qualifications, describe specific qualifications or an individual's competence
- reference individual qualifications – the levels of a country’s qualifications framework are referenced to the EQF’s levels
- have any regulatory function
The EQF has eight levels which reference to Ofqual's Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF) as follows:
Further information on the European Qualifications Framework can be accessed here.