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About us

We are the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and of vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. Our work will ensure that learners get the results they deserve and that the qualifications they receive count, both now and in the future.

We want to make a difference, ensuring that the whole qualifications system has integrity.

We will do this by:

  • ensuring that the awarding organisations that offer and deliver qualifications have good systems in place, and that they are held to account for their performance
  • making sure that all qualifications offered by awarding organisations are fair and are comparable with other qualifications
  • monitoring standards in qualifications, exams and tests, and reporting on our findings
  • ensuring that there is fair access to qualifications for all candidates
  • ensuring the quality of marking of exams, tests and other assessments to make sure that learners get the results their work deserves
  • making sure that the qualifications market provides value for money and meets the needs of learners and employers
  • encouraging debate about important topics, such as standards of exams and qualifications.

As a regulator, we step in and exercise our regulatory authority where there is a risk to the integrity of the system or to a learner. We aim to be consistent in our decision-making and to make our decisions clear and understandable.

Ofqual began its interim work on April 8 2008. Royal assent was given to the Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Act in November 2009 that establises Ofqual as the regulator of qualifications. Ofqual will formally exist and become accountable to parliament on the 1st April 2010. Until then, we will operate as part of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.