Find out about Ofqual's rules for the qualifications and assessments we regulate
Ofqual is England’s statutory regulator for:
- early years foundation stage profile and national curriculum assessments (which together we refer to as ‘national assessments’).
Using our powers under the Apprenticeships, Skills Children and Learning Act 2009, we have set a range of rules for regulated qualifications, as well as guidance which supports those rules.
We have also set out separate rules for national assessments.
This page will help you understand which of our rules and guidance apply to you, and to the qualifications and assessments you offer.
Rules and guidance for qualifications
For regulated qualifications, we have set a range of both general and qualification-specific rules:
- general rules apply to all the qualifications and organisations we regulate. All regulated awarding organisations have to follow them.
- qualification-specific rules apply to specific kinds of qualifications. Only the awarding organisations that offer (or want to offer) these qualifications have to follow them.
We have also published general and qualification-specific guidance designed to help awarding organisations comply with our rules. Again, qualification-specific guidance only applies to awarding organisations that offer (or want to offer) the relevant qualifications.
General rules and guidance
- General Conditions of Recognition (and associated requirements and guidance)
- Criteria for determining whether a qualification is relevant for the purposes of the Education and Skills Act 2008
Qualification-specific rules and guidance
- AS and A levels (new qualifications introduced for first teaching in or after September 2015)
- Legacy AS and A levels (qualifications with final assessments in 2019 or 2020)
- GCSEs graded 9 to 1
- GCSEs graded A* to G
- advanced extension awards (AEA)
- level 1 and level 2 certificates (international GCSEs)
- functional skills qualifications
- English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) qualifications
- project qualifications
- Ofqual-regulated apprenticeship end-point assessments
- rules about adjustments to assessments for disabled people (apply to a range of qualifications commonly taken in schools and colleges)