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Approval of Qualifications

An approved qualification is eligible in Wales for funding by a Local Education Authority or by the Welsh Assembly Government. Details of these ‘approved’ qualifications can be found on the Database of Approved Qualifications in Wales (DAQW).

Under sections 96 and 99 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000, schools, institutions and employers in Wales can offer under 19-year-olds a course leading to an external qualification.  This would be funded either by a Local Education Authority or by the Welsh Assembly Government, as long as the qualification is approved.

Details about approved qualifications can be found in the Database of Approved Qualifications in Wales (DAQW). 

DAQW contains details of all the qualifications which are approved for teaching in Wales for learners aged under 19, excluding higher education. 

It is constantly being updated as new qualifications are accredited and approved.  Information on DAQW includes expiry dates, age categories, whether the qualification counts as a choice for the 14-19 Learning Pathways and performance points.

DAQW is a searchable database and you can save or print off your results.

To find out more information, view the DAQW website.