Accreditation criterion

The criterion we use to take decisions on accreditation.


Accreditation criterion

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This document sets out the accreditation criterion we use to take decisions on accreditation for all qualifications which are subject to an accreditation requirement (currently, all GCSEs, AS and A levels).


In accordance with section 138(4) of the ‘Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009’ the accreditation requirement imposed on 1 November 2014 has been revised to the following extent:

  • Between 16:00 on 15 January 2018 and 23:59 on 26 January 2018 the accreditation requirement will not apply to GCSE qualifications in computer science.
Published 3 November 2014
Last updated 19 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added detail about the accreditation requirement for GCSE computer science being temporarily revised.
  2. New version (replacing Ofqual/14/5552) which updates Appendix 1 to set out accreditation end dates for all legacy GCSEs, AS and A levels.
  3. Corrected error in attachment
  4. First published.