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Regulatory documents

Once recognised an awarding organisation is subject to conditions of recognition. These are the requirements it has to meet on an ongoing basis. All awarding organisations are subject to the General Conditions of Recognition. We can also set conditions for organisations that award specific qualifications or descriptions of qualifications, or on organisations that meet a certain description. We also have the power to place specific conditions on any individual awarding organisation or to direct them to take certain actions.

Download the General Conditions of Recognition (September 2013)

Download the General Conditions of Recognition in respect of GCE Qualifications  (September 2013) regarding when during the year A Levels can be assessed.

Download Special Condition H7.1 (November 2012) regarding GCSE English and GCSE English Language.

Download the Criteria for Recognition.

Download our From Transition to Transformation: Equality Impact Assessment report.

View the list of additional regulatory requirements.

Find out more about the conditions of recognition and the answers to a series of Frequently Asked Questions.

GCSE, GCE, Principal Learning and Project Code of Practice (May 2011)

Addendum to the Code of Practice (June 2012)

Certificate requirements

Download the Additional Certificate Requirements (2011)

Download the Logo Requirements (2011)


Three country regulation

We have agreed principles for three country regulation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They will support decision-making when regulating qualifications which may be subject to more than one country’s regulatory requirements.

Download Ofqual’s principles for regulating qualifications


Controlled assessments

View the controlled assessment regulations.


Qualification criteria

View the qualification criteria.


Subject criteria

View the subject criteria.


Other requirements

Awarding organisation data requirements (November 2012)

The procedures document and templates available below outline the data that should be provided to us by awarding organisations during the summer 2013 data exchange.

Summer 2013 Data Exchange procedures – GCE, GCSE and Level 1 / 2 certificates

Template H – Reporting on the summer 2013 awards for GCSE Science, GCSE Additional Science, GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics

Template J – Reporting significant differences in grade boundary positions

Data exchange templates

November 2013 – Data exchange procedures - GCSE

Data exchange template


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