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.
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’.