National Statistics

Vocational and Other Qualifications Quarterly: Oct to Dec 2015

This bulletin covers all vocational and other types of qualifications (excluding GCSEs, GCEs and the Diploma and its components) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Detail

Main findings

  1. Just under 1.2 million certificates were awarded – a decrease of 11% on the same quarter of 2014 and the lowest number of certificates awarded during quarter 4 since 2010.
  2. The number of available qualifications this quarter decreased by 1% from 22,140 in the previous quarter to 21,924.
  3. The qualification with the most certificates this quarter was CIEH Level 2 award in Food Safety in Catering (QCF) with 28,500 certificates awarded.
  4. The number of certificates issued for Level 1 (from 333,300 to 286,850) and Level 2 (from 598,650 to 523,550) qualifications has declined year-on-year for the tenth consecutive quarter (compared to the same quarter the year before).
  5. The number of certificates awarded for qualifications at Level 4 and above has increased by 11% on the same quarter in 2014 (from 24,700 to 27,450), mainly in qualifications in the sectors of business, administration, finance and law and in health, public services and care.

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Datasets

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