About us

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

We maintain standards and confidence in qualifications in England:

  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • AS levels
  • vocational and technical qualifications

We’re independent of government and report directly to Parliament.

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 240 permanent employees as of March 2021 and are based in central 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


Our priorities for 2021 to 2022 are:

  • regulating GCSEs, AS & A levels in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
  • regulating vocational and technical qualifications in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
  • supporting quality in regulated qualifications and assessments
  • managing our people, resources and systems

Details of our goals and objectives for 2021 to 2022 can be found in ‘Ofqual’s corporate plan’.

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