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.
- 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.
- The number of available qualifications this quarter decreased by 1% from 22,140 in the previous quarter to 21,924.
- The qualification with the most certificates this quarter was CIEH Level 2 award in Food Safety in Catering (QCF) with 28,500 certificates awarded.
- 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).
- 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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The datasets used to produce this release are available for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and for each individual country.