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Vocational and other qualifications: July to September 2014
This bulletin covers all vocational qualifications (excluding GCSEs, A levels and the Diploma) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- The number of available qualifications increased to 20,992 (from 19,731 in April – June 2014), the highest number recorded in the last five years
- Available qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) continue to increase (from 17,505 to 18,745), representing 89% of all available qualifications but only 62% of certificates issued (compared to 72% last quarter)
- Just under 4 million certificates were issued, a decrease of 7% on the same quarter of 2013, due in part to a decrease in the number of certificates issued for IT and key skills qualifications
- The number of certificates awarded for Level 1 / Level 2 qualifications increased by 130% (from 138,750 to 318,650) and the three qualifications with the most certificates this quarter are Level 1 / Level 2 qualifications
- The number of certificates awarded for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications this quarter increased by 32% to 143,450
- The number of certificates awarded for free-standing mathematics qualifications increased by 57% (from 22,150 to 34,800)
- The number of certificates awarded for qualifications at Level 5 increased by 26% to 18,750, with large increases in BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diplomas
Vocational qualifications datasets
We have updated the vocational qualifications datasets.
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