Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between regulated and un-regulated provision (regional)?
Approved by Ofqual for the Register of Regulated Qualifications.
Each unit has a Unique Reference ID for the Register (eg Y/504/9515)
Include mandatory or optional units which can only be offered in the agreed Rules of Combination
Learners can achieve a single unit from a qualification, this is called ‘Unit Certification’
Rules of Combination for all of our qualifications, and all other requirements, are explained in each Qualification Specification
Units are available to view on the our website
May be fundable by either the Skills Funding Agency for 19+ or by the Education Funding Agency for 14–19 year olds in school or college.
Un-regulated units/courses (regional):
An un-regulated unit is a bespoke unit which has been written by our Centres and quality assured by us.
- Can be selected on its own or with other units to make up a course with its own title
- Cannot be included in a qualification
- A learner can achieve a Certa certificate with these unit titles listed under the course title
- Only available on request from Certa
- May be publically funded by the Skills Funding Agency through the Innovation Code.
Please note : The Quality Assurance process and training required by centres, is the same for both types of provision/courses.
What is the RQF?
The Regulated Qualifications Framework aims to provide a simple yet flexible structure that allows for the maintenance and continuing development of a qualifications system that is:
It allows achievements to be recognised and recorded through the award of credits and qualifications. It supports the accumulation and transfer of credits and the easy identification of each achievement’s level and size. In this way, learners have maximum flexibility and range of opportunities and can be reliably recognised for their achievements.
Who can I contact for career and course information?
The National Careers Service is dedicated to helping learners get the advice they need for future skills, careers, work and life choices. NAS will help learners develop career with specially designed tools to help moving on in careers, or get a foot on the job ladder.