Ofqual: Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator

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Welcome to Ofqual

Welcome to the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation: Ofqual. We regulate qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. It is our duty to ensure all learners get the results they deserve and that their qualifications are correctly valued and understood, now and in the future.

We are responsible for regulating National Curriculum assessments (SATs) and for keeping Early Years Foundation Stages (EYFS) assessments under review, GCSEs, A levels, the Diploma, NVQs and vocational qualifications. We’re not responsible for regulating university degrees – these are covered by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Welcome to Ofqual

What’s your interest in the qualifications system?

I’m a learner or responsible for a learner


Please read this introduction to Ofqual if you’re taking an examination or assessment, you hold a qualification, or you’re responsible for a learner. You’ll find information that’s relevant to:

  • GCSE or A-level students
  • NVQ or Diploma students
  • Parents of children involved in National Curriculum assessments
  • Someone who already has one of these qualifications

Read more about students and parents

I’m involved in teaching or training


We support the centres and individuals that deliver training and evaluation for qualifications or as part of an assessment. This section is written for:

  • Teachers
  • Examinations officers
  • Trainers
  • Pre-school carers (for EYFS assessments)

Read more on teaching and training





I represent an employer, university or college


We assist organisations with a vested interest in the fairness and quality of qualifications. This section is written for anyone who uses qualifications to assess ability:

  • Employers
  • University admissions staff
  • Further education college admissions staff

Read more on employers and higher education

I work for an awarding organisation

awardingWe formally recognise and regulate qualification and certification-awarding organisations. This section is written for awarding organisations including:

  • In-house training centres
  • Professional associations
  • Large vocational awarding organisations

Read more about awarding organisations

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