Regulated qualifications, usually referred to as approved qualifications, are those that have been examined, recognized, and followed up on by UK regulators to make sure they adhere to strict requirements and high levels of quality. The regulations of the General Conditions of Recognition in England (OfQual) specify the criteria for the recognized status of the regulated qualifications.
Compliance and Accreditation of Regulated Qualifications
Before and after qualification is registered in the Register of Regulated Qualifications, it is monitored and reviewed by Ofqual, the regulator in England.
What you get after the completion?
On the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), postgraduate diplomas are taught at level 7, which is the same level as master’s degrees. They are, however, shorter (120 credits), and students must continue on to the dissertation stage with the university (60 credits) to receive a complete Master’s degrees.