What we do
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 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 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 2016 to 2019 are:
Goal 1: Regulating and reforming general qualifications
Objective 1: Regulate for the validity of general qualifications throughout their lifecycle
Objective 2: Oversee the introduction of reformed general qualifications
Objective 3: Evaluate the validity of National Assessments
Goal 2: Regulating vocational and other qualifications
Objective 4: Regulate for the validity of vocational and other qualifications throughout their lifecycle
Objective 5: Promote public confidence in regulated qualifications
Goal 3: Develop our people, resources and systems
Objective 6: Build our capability and develop our people
Objective 7: Use our resources efficiently and effectively
Details of our goals and objectives for 2016 to 2019 can be found in ‘Ofqual’s corporate plan for 2016 to 2019’.