This document lists sector subject areas inspectors may inspect and grade on during inspections of further education and skills providers.
The list is based on, but not the same as, the 15 sector subject areas classified by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). Most of the sector subject areas have a number of secondary subject areas or tiers. For example, sector subject area seven (retail and commercial enterprise), covers warehousing, hospitality, hairdressing and beauty therapy, as well as retailing. Ofsted will normally inspect, report and grade at the second-tier subject level and not at the first-tier level.