Statistical data set

Vocational qualifications dataset

Certificates awarded for all vocational qualifications (excluding GCSEs, A levels and the Diploma).

This dataset cover vocational qualifications starting 2012 to present for England.

It is updated every 3 months.

The numbers of certificates indicated in the files are rounded to the nearest 5. Values less than 5 appear as ‘0~’ to preserve confidentiality (and a 0 represents no certificates).

Where a qualification has been owned by more than one awarding organisation at different points in time, a separate row is given for each organisation.

Background information as well as commmentary accompanying these datasets is available separately.

Dataset 2012 to present - England

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Geographical coverage

The data cover regulated qualifications in England.

Until Q3 2017 Ofqual published data for Wales and Northern Ireland as well. However, following a transition arrangement with Qualifications Wales (the regulator in Wales) and CCEA (the regulator in Northern Ireland), the responsibility for publishing data for learners in Wales and Northern Ireland for the academic year 2017 to 2018 and beyond has been passed to Qualifications Wales and CCEA respectively.

Published 4 December 2014
Last updated 14 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Latest dataset (Q1 - January to March 2018) uploaded
  2. Latest dataset (Q4 - October to December 2017) uploaded. Removed datasets for Wales and Northern Ireland following an agreement with Qualification Wales and CCEA.
  3. Updated with data for July to September 2017.
  4. Latest datasets (Q2 - April to June 2017) uploaded
  5. Latest datasets (Q1 - January to March 2017) uploaded
  6. Latest datasets (Q4 2016 - October to December 2016) uploaded
  7. Latest datasets (Q3 - July to September 2016) uploaded
  8. Corrected data supplied by one awarding organisation.
  9. Latest (Q2 2016) data released
  10. Latest data (Q1 2016) uploaded
  11. All files were replaced because some data from Gateway Qualifications as well as a few other awarding organisations were missing.
  12. Latest datasets for October to December 2015 uploaded.
  13. After data quality checks, it was decided that the separate datasets for England, Wales and Northern Ireland would only go back to 2012 as this is when the data started being collected by country and that the dataset for all 3 countries would cover 10 years.
  14. Updated to include data for Q2 2015.
  15. The latest dataset includes data from the latest published quarter (January to March 2015)
  16. The previous version was missing data from a number of qualifications
  17. The following 3 files were revised as they contained errors: Dataset 1988 to present - England, Wales and Northern Ireland; Dataset 1988 to present - England only; and Dataset 2009 to present - England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  18. Added the latest version of the data files for quarter 4 2014.
  19. First published.