Rules and guidance for all awarding organisations and all regulated qualifications
This document sets out Ofqual’s General Conditions of Recognition (and associated requirements) - the rules we have set for all the qualifications and organisations we regulate. It also includes our guidance on how to comply with these rules.
All regulated awarded organisations have a legal obligation to:
- comply with these rules on an ongoing basis
- have regard to this guidance
- Using the Ofqual Handbook How to use this handbook
- Section A - Governance Rules about governance of awarding organisations, including management of conflicts of interest, risks, incidents and malpractice
- Section B - The awarding organisation and Ofqual Rules about the relationship between awarding organisations and Ofqual, including in relation to responsible officers, reporting of information and the use of Ofqual's logo
- Section C - Third parties Rules about arrangements with third parties, including Centres and publishers
- Section D - General requirements for regulated qualifications General rules, including about qualification fitness for purpose and accessibility, and about reviewing approach, enquiries and complaints, withdrawing qualifications and information for teachers.
- Section E - Design and development of qualifications Rules about qualification design and development, including about qualification titling, qualification specifications, credit, and qualification size and level.
- Section F - Providing qualifications to purchasers Rules about providing information on qualification fees and feature, packaging qualifications with other products or services, and invoicing
- Section G - Setting and delivering the assessment Rules about setting and delivering assessments, including about the language of assessments, maintaining confidentiality of assessments, reasonable adjustments and special consideration
- Section H - From marking to issuing results Rules about marking, moderation, setting specified levels of attainment and results
- Section I - Appeals and certificates Rules about appeals, complaints and the content, design and issuing of certificates
- Section J - Interpretation and definitions How to interpret our rules, including defined terms