Guidance

Awarding organisations: understanding our regulatory requirements

Find out what regulatory requirements apply to your awarding organisation and your qualifications.

All awarding organisations must continually meet Ofqual’s regulatory requirements - the rules we set to make sure qualifications are valid and fit for purpose.

There are 2 main types of requirements. Those that apply to:

  • all awarding organisations and all regulated qualifications
  • specific types of regulated qualification

We also sometimes place additional requirements on individual awarding organisations; we call these special conditions. For example we might choose to apply a special condition to make sure an awarding organisation follows through on commitments they made when applying to be recognised by us.

Requirements for all awarding organisations and all regulated qualifications

All awarding organisations must meet certain rules, regardless of what qualifications they offer. Most of these are set out in our General Conditions of Recognition. but some more detailed requirements are in supporting documents.

We have published guidance to the General Conditions of Recognition. This is designed to help awarding organisations understand how to comply with our requirements.

Rules for all awarding organisations are:

Qualification-specific requirements

There are also additional rules that apply to:

  • all qualifications of a particular type (for example, all GCSEs graded 9 to 1)
  • individual qualifications (for example, functional skills English)

These qualifications have qualification-specific requirements:

Many of these rules are set out in formal documents we call ‘Regulatory Documents’. All current Regulatory Documents are set out in our Regulatory Documents List.