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NCFE: What is it 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?

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 is this important?

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 and Level 5 Higher Diploma

Our qualifications, the Level 4 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and the Level 5 Higher Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, were designed in collaboration with NCFE.

These qualifications are is recognised by NCFE as being at Level 4 and Level 5 using a national framework’s level descriptors (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 note that this is a customised qualification and it is not a nationally regulated qualification. Therefore you will not find it listed on the NCFE website.)

Our Level 4 Diploma in CBH and the Level 5 Higher Diploma in CBH also meet all the ‘Learning Outcomes’ of the “Complementary and Alternative Healthcare – Hypnotherapy”: National Occupational Standards.

Both Diplomas in CBH also meet the Core Curriculum requirements set out by NCH, GHR and many other professional organisations..

The experiential training course content is the SAME for both qualifications. However you may choose to be assessed at Level 4 Diploma or at Level 5 Higher Diploma.
Note: these are vocational qualifications; Level 4 is broadly equivalent to 1st year undergraduate level and Level 5 is broadly equivalent to 2nd year undergraduate.

If you want to read the full qualification specification these are available here:
Level 4 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy – qualification specification from NCFE
Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy – qualification specification from NCFE.

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. 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.