Policy paper

Vocational qualifications offered outside the UK: quality assurance

Explains the regulated vocational qualifications system in England, and quality assurance for qualifications offered outside the UK.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



Overview of the vocational qualifications system in England. Describes the role of awarding organisations and Ofqual, as the regulator of vocational qualifications in England and Northern Ireland.

Document includes a:

  • statement setting out the commitments of awarding organisations recognised by Ofqual relating to their provision of unregulated qualifications and services outside of the UK

  • list of the awarding organisations that have voluntarily signed up to this statement

Published 8 April 2014