This bulletin covers all vocational and other types of qualifications (excluding GCSEs, GCEs, the Diploma and its components) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Just over 1.65 million certificates were awarded, a decrease of 13% on the same quarter of 2015 and the lowest number of certificates awarded during quarter 2 in the five-year period.
- The number of available qualifications this quarter increased by 46% from 21,676 in the previous quarter to 31,600, primarily due to changes in the way Welsh qualifications are recorded.
- The qualification with the most certificates this quarter was BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills with 50,650 certificates awarded.
- The number of certificates issued for Level 1 qualifications decreased by 15% (from 465,400 to 395,350) and Level 2 qualifications decreased by 12% (from 787,500 to 692,250) on the same quarter in 2015; the number of certificates issued for Level 3 qualifications decreased by 8% (from 309,450 to 285,950).
- The number of certificates awarded for qualifications at Level 4 and above has increased by 13% on the same quarter in 2015 (from 28,950 to 32,650); the increase was mainly in qualifications in the sector of business, administration and law.
- The highest number of certificates awarded by sector subject area of qualification in this quarter was for Preparation for Life and Work (497,300 certificates).
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The datasets used to produce this release are available for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and for each individual country.