Complaints procedure

How to make a complaint, raise a concern (whistleblow) or report malpractice about an exam board, awarding organisation or qualification regulated by Ofqual.


CHECKPOINT. Do you want to complain, appeal your grade, or ask a question?

  1. You cannot appeal your grades using this complaints procedure. For information about the appeals process, see ‘Appeal against a GCSE, AS or A level grade or the result of a qualification’.

  2. If you want to ask a question about grade awarding, appeals or policy in summer 2021, please email public.enquiries@ofqual.gov.uk or telephone us on 0300 303 3344.

  3. If you wish to complain about the service you have received from an awarding organisation, or from Ofqual, please first read all of the information on this page (including that shown below the ‘Start now’ button) to ensure that your concerns are routed correctly.

We want all users of organisations and qualifications we regulate to receive a good service and to have things put right when they go wrong. In order for us to investigate your complaint or concern we may require some specific information to help us investigate your complaint and we will help you through this process.

You will be able to give details of your complaint or concern and attach documents within this service.

You can use this service to:

  • make a complaint
  • report a concern of wrongdoing or malpractice
  • raise a concern as a whistleblower
  • manage an existing complaint or concern

Due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) it may take longer than normal to respond to your complaint. We will let you know if there is likely to be a delay. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Start now

The process will take approximately 15 minutes.

Before you start

It will be useful to have documents or emails, awarding organisation, qualification and subject information to support your complaint or concern.

We can only investigate complaints about awarding organisations and qualifications that we regulate. An awarding organisation (also known as an exam board or awarding body) develops qualifications, issues certificates, diplomas or titles and learning outcomes of an individual following assessments.

A list of awarding organisations and qualifications we regulate can be found on the Register of Regulated Qualifications.

Complaints we cannot deal with

If we can’t deal with your complaint, we will tell you and, where possible, suggest an alternative agency or organisation. Some examples where we may not be able to assist include:

  • where there is an appeals process to challenge an assessment decision or a candidate’s results for a qualification regulated by Ofqual – see instead ‘Appeal against a GCSE, AS or A level grade or the result of a qualification
  • matters which have already been fully investigated through this complaints policy
  • issues which do not fall under Ofqual’s remit, for example, if your complaint is about the quality of teaching or training by a school or college - you should complain to the school or college involved
  • matters which are, or have been, the subject of legal or on-going regulatory action, or potential action
  • where you disagree with our policies

Please note, if you are seeking financial compensation, you may wish to seek independent legal advice. Ofqual is unable to award compensation and cannot provide this outcome.

Contacting Ofqual

Once you have made a complaint or reported a concern to Ofqual you will receive a link to sign in and manage your complaint. You will be able to send and receive notifications related to your complaint.

To ensure Ofqual deals with all complaints equally and fairly, all complaints sent to other sections of Ofqual, including the Chief Regulator or board members, will be forwarded to the complaints investigation team for action.

Further information

Complaints procedure

Ofqual’s whistleblowing policy

Reporting malpractice allegations

Complaints about Ofqual