NCFE verified Level 4 award – what is NCFE and why is this important?

NCFE: What is it, What Does it Stand For, and Why Should I Care?

We are very proud that our Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is verified and awarded by NCFE. But what is NCFE and what does NCFE do and why is this important?

What is NCFE?

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NCFE – OfQual regulated National Awarding Body

NCFE is a national, educational awarding organisation that designs, develops, and certificates nationally recognised qualifications and awards – as well as accrediting customised qualifications developed by third parties and private training institutions. It is a registered educational charity that has been passionately dedicated to learning for over 150 years.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including Ofqual, the Welsh government, and the CCEA in Northern Ireland.

What does NCFE stand for?

While NCFE originally stood for Northern Council for Further Education, it dropped the full name in the 1990s as it no longer accurately reflected the company’s growing national focus. Now, the company is known purely as NCFE, but stands for so much more. NCFE is the UK’s longest established awarding body, as well as one of the UK’s fastest growing, which means it is highly respected for its professionalism and quality.

The charity has been selected on more than one occasion as a Times Top 100 Company in the Not For Profit (NFP) category. Last year over a quarter of a million learners from over 2000 education and training organisations chose NCFE as the awarding body to help them advance their learning and career goals.

Why should you care?

NCFE’s role as an awarding body means that they also spend time independently accrediting courses designed and delivered by third parties., like The UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy (UKCHH).

The UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy is an NCFE registered learning centre. Our accreditation by NCFE means that the college has been inspected and approved by an independent and experienced education professional. It also means that we are audited for quality on an annual basis by the awarding body and that we have been licensed by NCFE on the basis of our own quality systems. NCFE’s stamp of approval is our guarantee of quality.


Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy – verified by NCFE as a Level 4 Diploma qualification

Our award, the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, was designed in collaboration with NCFE.

The award is recognised by NCFE as being at Level 4 on Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF). Each year NCFE visit our offices to audit our procedures and particularly our student assessment process to ensure that we are assessing at the same, correct level.
Please see our 2017 External Assessment Report from NCFE (below).

(Please note that this is a customised award and it is not a nationally regulated qualification. Therefore you will not find it listed on the NCFE website.)

However it is recognised and accepted by the leading hypnotherapy organisations including:
The National Council of Hypnotherapy
The General Hypnotherapy Register

Our Diploma in CBH also meets all the ‘Learning Outcomes’ of the “Complementary and Alternative Healthcare – Hypnotherapy”: National Occupational Standards.

The Diploma in CBH therefore also meets the requirements for registration with The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) – a government approved regulator for hypnotherapy.

What does this mean for you?

What this means if that you can be sure that our training courses and the diploma you receive are not just deemed as being of the highest quality by ourselves but the quality level is assured by a government (OfQual) regulated national examining and awarding body. Basically NCFE, as a respected educational examiner, are assuring students of the quality of the training and coursework.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy has been approved as an NCFE centre and the Diploma in CBH has been accredited by NCFE to guarantee that it is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation.

2017 External Verification Visit

We recently had our annual visit from the NCFE External Verifier. The report we received from NCFE was outstanding.

General Comments from the NCFE External Verifier
I enjoyed meeting with Mark and Fabienne and to learn about their company ethos and delivery of the Diploma. Their main focus is on safety in the hypnotherapy field and not only to train but advise the learners. The learners fully participate in activities and develop through practical exercises and experiences. There is an element of home study that is expected and they use 3 academic textbooks with other recommendations to develop further.

The College is offering 2 scholarships, fully funded training along with business advice. One person has completed and further opportunities will be advertised.”

No complaints or appeals had been received.
Additional support had been arranged for learners with dyslexia e.g. larger print, yellow paper. Plus ensure venue is accessible and check if people have a hearing problem.”

On the teaching quality
“Mark is enthusiastic and committed to providing the best quality learning experience, with learners being able to experience and practice their new skills. At the start of each training day the learners, with the tutor, discuss the agenda. Learner feedback was very positive and this was accepted throughout training and on evaluation sheets at the end.”

On the assessor and assessments
From the sampling I carried out it was obvious that the assessor, is very competent in her field and applied her knowledge to the answers the learners had submitted. I could see that she was aware of the requirements of the Diploma. I like the style the assessor used by giving a feedback statement after each question. As well as marking each question out of 10, she provided constructive comments asking for further information when necessary. She provided positive comments on good submissions and gave further advice. The feedback was consistently of a high quality. I also noted that assessment was carried out quickly following the receipt from the learners.”

On Internal Verification / Internal Quality Assessment
The IQA (Internal Quality Assessor/ Internal Verifier: Simon Clarke) also confirmed whether the learner had reached a pass standard.The centre policy was to sample 25% of all courses over the year and the assessor and the IQA have worked together since the start of the course and fully understand the assessment procedure. The Internal Verifier, Simon, attended the Diploma in May 2016 and carried out an observation of Mark delivering the training and documented his findings. He made comments on the facility, the printed materials, support, Mark’s enthusiasm and knowledge etc. He summed up with the training being of the highest quality.

    1. Mark Davis

      Hi Justin
      That is because this is a customised award and not a national qualification. However it is rated as equivalent to the NVQs.
      FYI – we are still in process with the Level 5 qualification with NCFE. So currently the qualification is Level 4.

      Thank you
      Mark Davis

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