Statutory guidance

Guidance to the 'General Conditions of Recognition'

Guidance to help you comply with the 'General Conditions of Recognition'.


Guidance to the General Conditions of Recognition

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This guidance is intended to help you understand how to comply with the General Conditions of Recognition and the associated requirements. These apply to all awarding organisations and all regulated qualifications.

All awarding organisations have a legal obligation under section 153 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 to have regard to this guidance.

July 2016 update

We last updated our guidance in July 2016, following a consultation on additional new guidance.

The new guidance introduced in this update, which comes into force on 15 July 2016, covers:

  • A5 – Availability of adequate resources and arrangements
  • B3 – Notification to Ofqual of certain events
  • C2 – Arrangements with Centres
  • D3 – Reviewing approach
  • D7 – Management of the withdrawal of qualifications
  • E3 – Publication of a qualification specification
  • E5 – Assurance that qualifications comply with the conditions
  • G1 – Setting the assessment
  • G3 – Use of language and Stimulus Materials
  • G6 – Arrangements for Reasonable Adjustments
  • G7 – Arrangements for Special Consideration
  • G8 – Completion of the assessment under the required conditions
  • G9 – Delivering the assessment
  • guidance for what an awarding organisation should do where it discovers that it has issued an incorrect result
Published 28 August 2014
Last updated 15 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated the PDF as a result of the changes based on the December 2015 consultation in July 2016.
  2. Corrected typographical error on page 38 of attachment
  3. Published new version which includes guidance on qualification titling, describing the size of qualifications and recognition of prior learning
  4. First published.