The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.
Ofqual maintain standards and confidence in qualifications in England such as:
– A levels
– AS levels
– Vocational and technical qualifications such as the vocational qualifications created by iPET Network.
Ofqual are independent of government and report directly to Parliament.
Who are Ofqual
Ofqual was set up in April 2010 under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 and is also covered by the Education Act 2011.
Ofqual are a non-ministerial government department with jurisdiction in England. They have 200 permanent employees as of January 2019 and are based in central Coventry.
Ofqual are responsible for making sure that:
– regulated qualifications reliably indicate the knowledge, skills and understanding students have demonstrated
– assessments and exams show what a student has achieved
– people have confidence in the qualifications that we regulate
– students and teachers have information on the full range of qualifications that we regulate