Located in the beautiful city of Cardiff, the 2010 Guardian and Times Good University Guides rank Cardiff Met amongst the top modern universities in the UK. Cardiff Met was also recently ranked as the top University in the UK for two years running for the quality of its international student experience by the International Student Barometer (ISB).

Qualifications and Assessments International (QAI), is UK’s leading private, international awarding body. We develop, validate, assess and quality assure professional programmes and courses for international purposes.

QAI works with schools, colleges, universities, industry and government, to provide high quality, relevant and flexible programmes, qualifications and assessment services that are relevant, fit-for-purpose and current and meet with well defined set of values and global standards.

The QAI qualifications and assessments are developed in consultation with specialists in the various sectors, employers and other user groups. These are reviewed from time to time to reflect the changing needs to keep the qualifications and assessments latest and up-to-date with the objective of creating professionals for the 21st century.

QAI programmes, courses, qualifications and assessments are available worldwide through a network of ‘QAI Approved Centres’.

QAI has invested into technology based learning solutions, such as Learning Management System (LMS), ePortfolio system, Centre Management System, On-line marking System, Secure Examination Management System (including biometric, bar code enabled features and exam day photography) etc. and continues to invest in upgrading the platform, with customisation for use on Post-Laptop, Mobile and Ha Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

QCF is the new framework for qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that has been introduced to replace the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The QCF allows learners to build towards a qualification at their own pace using small bite size learning.

The qualifications are named as Awards, Certificates or Diplomas depending upon their size, number of courses, level etc. The QCF sets out level descriptors for each level that are divided into the following sub-sections:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Application and action
  • Autonomy and accountability
  • Summary

The QCF recognizes achievements of individuals through the award of credit for courses and qualifications, working at different levels as detailed here under:

Level    Description & Example of Qualifications at Each Level
8 Vocational qualifications @ Level 8, PhD / DPhil, Professional doctorates (credit based)
7 Fellowship, NVQ Level 5, Vocational qualifications Level @ 7, Master’s degrees, Postgraduate diplomas, Postgraduate Certificate
6 Vocational qualifications @ Level 6, Bachelor’s / Undergraduate degrees, Professional Graduate Certificate, Graduate Certificates and Diplomas
5 Higher National Diploma (HND), Vocational qualifications @ Level 5, Professional Degrees and Diplomas
4 Vocational qualifications @ Level 4, Higher National Certificate (HNC’s), Professional Certificates and Diplomas
3 NVQ Level 3, Vocational qualification @ Level 3, GCE AS and A level, Advanced Diploma
2 NVQ Level 2, Vocational qualifications @ Level 2, GCSE’s at A* – C, ESOL skills for life, Higher Diplomas, Functional Skills level 2 (English, Mathematics & ICT)
1 NVQ Level 1, Vocational qualifications @ Level 1, GCSE’s D – G, ESOL skills for life, Foundation Diploma, Functional skills level 1 (English, Mathematics & ICT)