The report provides an overview of the qualifications market and provides a single reference point about participants in the market.
The main findings are:
just over 16 million certificates were awarded in 2013/14 - around 10% fewer than in 2012/13, driven primarily by changes in school entry patterns and accountability frameworks
the number of regulated awarding organisations fell to 166 - 10 fewer than a year earlier
the number of available qualifications increased to almost 25,000 - around 6% more than in 2012/13, due to a rise in qualifications designed to meet the Qualifications and Credit Framework requirements
20 awarding organisations accounted for more than 90% of all certificates awarded during the academic year with Pearson Education Ltd awarding nearly one-quarter of all certificates
more certificates were awarded in the preparation for life and work sector subject area than any other in 2013/14, accounting for just under one-third of all certificates awarded during the year
The data for GCSE, AS and A level qualifications can be found in the data file available on this page. The data for qualifications other than GCSE, AS and A levels can be found in our vocational qualifications dataset.
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