The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.
We maintain standards and confidence in qualifications in England:
- A levels
- AS levels
- vocational and technical qualifications
We’re independent of government and report directly to Parliament.
Find out how we regulate GCSEs, AS and A levels.
Who we are
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.
We’re a non-ministerial government department with jurisdiction in England. We have 191 permanent employees as of March 2014 and are based in Canley, Coventry.
We’re 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
Goals and objectives
Our goals and objectives for 2017 to 2020 are:
Goal 1: Regulating and reforming general qualifications
Objective 1: Regulate for the validity of general qualifications
Objective 2: Oversee reform of general qualifications
Goal 2: Regulating and reforming vocational and technical qualifications
Objective 3: Regulate to support the reform of vocational and technical qualifications
Objective 4: Regulate for the validity of vocational and technical qualifications
Goal 3: Keeping the validity of National Assessments under review
Objective 5: Monitor and evaluate the validity of National Assessments
Goal 4: Develop and manage our people, resources and systems
Objective 6: Build our capability and manage our resources efficiently and effectively
Details of our goals and objectives for 2017 to 2020 can be found in ‘Ofqual’s corporate plan’.
Access our information
- Our organisation chart
- Statistics at Ofqual
- Media enquiries
- Research at Ofqual
- Complaints procedure
- Our governance
- Corporate reports
- Transparency data