Centre controls and moderation of qualifications

Ofqual's findings and future actions on awarding organisations' controls on centres that develop and award vocational and technical qualificaitons.


Centre Controls and Moderation of VTQ

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Many awarding organisations delegate some parts of the development, delivery and award of their qualifications to centres. The arrangements awarding organisations must have with their centres are set out in our “General Conditions of Recognition”. We have reviewed aspects of these arrangements across the regulated vocational and technical qualifications (VTQ) market over the past year, and we have considered some of the circumstances in which awarding organisations delegate the setting and marking of assessments to centres.

The attached letter summarises what we have learned to date, and the actions we will be taking over the next 12 months.

  1. Centre Controls. We will shortly begin auditing awarding organisations’ practice on centre controls.
  2. Moderation of VTQs. We are aware that there are specific issues around moderation of VTQs that are marked by centres. We are keen to receive awarding organisations’ input to address these issues at our conference on 27 February 2018 and afterwards through a formal call for evidence.
Published 9 February 2018