Covers all vocational and other types of qualifications (excluding GCSEs, GCEs and the Diploma) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The key findings for this release are:
For the second time in a row, the number of available qualifications decreased this quarter compared with the previous quarter (from 20,259 to 19,086) and the decrease is across all types of qualifications except functional skills (increase of 2 qualification to 239 this quarter compared to January − March 2014) and free-standing mathematics qualifications (no change, seven qualifications)
- In this quarter, approximately 2.1 million certificates were issued, a decrease of 13% on the same quarter of 2013, due in part to a decrease in the number of certificates issued by Pearson Education Ltd., OCR and NCFE
The number of certificates awarded for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications increased by 29% to 96,500 this quarter
- The number of certificates awarded for dance qualifications increased by 28% this quarter mainly due to new qualifications entering the market, growth in the economy and increased popularity
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The datasets used to produce this release are available for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and for each individual country. The files contain data on certificates awarded since 1988. The number of certificates awarded presented in the files are rounded to the nearest 5, and numbers rounded down to zero appear as ‘0~’, to preserve confidentiality.