Main trends for quarter 2 2017
- Just over 1.5 million certificates were awarded in 2017 Q2, a decrease of 5% on the same quarter of 2016.
- The decline is mostly due to a decrease in the number of certificates in key skills, QCF, other general qualifications and functional skills.
- Functional skills qualifications continue to replace key skills qualifications leading to a reduction in the latter.
- The general decline in overall certification numbers may be caused by a tightening in the availability of funding; this is notable at entry level, level 1, level 2 and level 3 qualifications.
- The largest increase in number of certificates (123%) seen in vocationally-related qualifications is likely due to the removal of the QCF.
- The sector subject areas with notable increase in number of certificates were health, public services and care, arts, media and publishing and construction, planning and the built environment.
- The sector subject areas with notable decrease in number of certificates were preparation for life and work, retail and commercial enterprise and business, administration and law.
- The qualification with the highest number of certificates this quarter was BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills, followed by QA Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) and Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics at Level 1.
- The drop in certificates in Wales this quarter compared to the same quarter previous year was largely due to reduction in number of certificates in key skills and other general qualifications.
- The drop in certificates in Northern Ireland this quarter compared to the same quarter previous year was largely due to reduction in number of certificates in QCF and other general qualifications.
The datasets used to produce this release are available for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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