Criminon UK has been a member of LASER Learning Awards since 2005. Four of Criminon UK’s distance learning courses are accredited by LASER Learning Awards.

LASER Learning Awards is a credit-based, national awarding organisation, recognised by Ofqual. Its mission is: “To transform people’s lives through the recognition of their learning and achievement.”

LASER Learning Awards promotes, develops, accredits and quality assures courses and qualifications at all levels of education and training. We promote widening participation, social inclusion, employer engagement and lifetime learning for all. We support flexible, responsive and quality assured learning opportunities in a wide range of contexts, including at work, in the community, in the classroom and through distance and e-learning.

Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)
Ofqual regulates qualifications that use the rules of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Qualifications that use the QCF rules are made up of units. Units build up to qualifications. This provides flexible ways to get a qualification. Each unit has a credit value which tells you how many credits are awarded when a unit is completed. The credit value also gives an indication of how long it will normally take you to prepare for a unit or qualification.  One credit will usually take you 10 hours of learning.

If a qualification includes a unit that you have already been awarded, you can use the unit you have already taken towards that qualification. Units awarded by different awarding organisations can be combined to build up qualifications.

Entry level provides a basis for progression to other learning programmes within the framework. Level One is comparable to GCSE grades D – G

Description of the QCF Levels

Entry Level:

  • Employ recall and demonstrate elementary comprehension in a narrow range of areas with dependency on ideas of others.
  • Exercise basic skills.
  • Receive and pass on information.
  • Operate mainly in closely defined and highly structured contexts.
  • Carry out processes that are repetitive and predictable.
  • Undertake performance of clearly defined tasks.
  • Assume a limited range of roles.
  • Carry out directed activity under close supervision.
  • Rely entirely on external monitoring of output and quality.

Level 1:

  • Employ a narrow range of applied knowledge and basic comprehension.
  • Demonstrate a narrow range of skills.
  • Apply known solutions to familiar problems.
  • Present and record information from readily available sources.

Benefits of the QCF

For learners, the QCF:

  • offers more freedom, choice and flexibility
  • gives easy access to information about the commitment needed for different routes to achievement, letting learners balance that commitment with family, work and other responsibilities
  • allows them to build up credits at their own pace and combine them in a way that will help them get where they want to be
  • enables them to transfer credits between qualifications to avoid having to repeat their learning
  • records all their achievements on an electronic learner record, encouraging them and others to value their past achievements

For learning providers (schools, colleges, workplaces) the QCF:

  • enables them to design more flexible programmes, suitable to the individual needs of learners
  • helps improve retention and progression rates by recognising smaller steps of achievement more frequently
  • tracks all learners’ achievements through the use of a unique learner number (ULN) and an individual’s electronic learner record, giving providers standard information about each learner’s past achievements
  • helps them describe achievements to employers and learners in a language that is easy to understand