This bulletin covers all vocational and other types of qualifications (excluding GCSEs, GCEs, the Diploma and its components) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The key findings for this release are:
Just under 1.9 million certificates were issued, a decrease of 13% on the same quarter of 2014.
The number of available qualifications this quarter increased slightly from 21,043 in the previous quarter to 21,214, the highest number recorded in the last five years.
The number of certificates awarded for BTEC qualifications at Level 1 / Level 2 has increased greatly compared to the same quarter of 2014 (from 7,400 to 74,000), having been added to the performance tables for 2015.
The number of certificates awarded for qualifications in construction, planning and the built environment has increased by 24% this quarter compared with the same quarter in 2014 (from 52,550 to 65,150), with most of the increase being for qualifications in health and safety in a construction environment.
The number of certificates awarded for qualifications at Level 4 and above has increased by 19% on the same quarter in 2014 (from 24,300 to 28,950), mainly in qualifications in business management (from 6,900 to 10,000).
Certificates awarded in arts, media and publishing have decreased this quarter (from 252,600 to 201,150) due to the fact that a number of BTEC Level 2 qualifications are no longer delivered.
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The datasets used to produce this release are available for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and for each individual country.