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Guidance




We publish a range of guidance documents for awarding organisations, centres and members of the public about qualifications regulation.

Joint contingency plan for the examination system in Wales, England and Northern Ireland

19/12/11
The qualifications regulators and awarding organisations have agreed a joint contingency plan to ensure consistency of response in the event of any widespread disruption to the examination system.
 

Guidelines for writing credit-based units of assessment for the Qualifications and Credit Framework

24/06/11
This set of guidelines for writing credit-based units of assessment for the QCF will help submitting organisations interpret and apply the Regulatory arrangements for the QCF.
 

Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) Level Descriptors

24/06/11
Here you can download a chart summarising the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) levels and associated descriptors.
 

Guidance for development of Rules of Combination

24/06/11
This document provides guidance to support all those involved in developing qualifications for the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
 

Review of the regulatory compliance of units in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

15/10/10
Regulators commissioned a project to review a sample of 1950 QCF units against the regulatory arrangements. This is a copy of the letter sent to all Awarding Organisations by Ofqual, on behalf of all regulators, informing them of the outcome.
 

National Vocational Qualification Regulatory Developments

24/09/10
The National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) code of practice sets out the responsibilities for NVQ awarding bodies and their approved centres for the administration, assessment and verification of NVQs and NVQ units.
 

Guidance on Qualification Titles within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (updated July 2010)

20/09/10
This updates document is intended to provide helpful and transparent confirmation of the regulators’ position on a range of qualification titling issues.
 

Addendum To All Criteria, Codes Of Practice, Guidance And Forms

14/09/10
The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (the ASCL Act) established the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.
 

Incorporation of the SSC approval process guidance July 2009 into regulatory arrangements for accreditation of qualifications into the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

13/09/10
The purpose of this letter is to set out the role of the regulators and Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) in the process leading to the accreditation of qualifications in a manner that minimises duplication and delay.
 

Clarification of additional size descriptors in the titling of QCF qualifications (Updated guidance for Awarding Organisations)

13/09/10
The purpose of this guidance is for the regulators to clarify further when the use of additional terms will be allowed in the titling of QCF qualifications.
 

Clarification of additional size descriptors in the titling of QCF qualifications (Letter to Awarding Organisations)

13/09/10
The purpose of this letter is for the regulators to clarify further when the use of additional terms will be allowed in the titling of QCF qualifications.
 

Regulatory IT System - plans to transfer data (Letter to Awarding Organisations)

13/09/10
The RITS project is responsible for delivering the new regulatory IT systems which will assist efficient three-country regulation. This letter gives details of the phased changes we are making that will improve our Regulatory IT Systems.
 

Transitional arrangements for the regulation under the new legislation and requirements related to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

13/09/10
The purpose of this Ofqual letter is to explain the Children and Learning Act 2009 (ASCL 2009) transitional arrangements to ensure continuity of regulation.
 

Regulatory Guidance: 14 to 19 Provision Development

03/09/10
The purpose of this document is to provide background regulatory information on the 14-19 Learning Pathways policy in Wales. It also includes the legislative requirements that support this and how learning providers are implementing the policy.
 

Information for exams office staff about changes to GCSE and managing controlled assessments

12/05/10
Controlled assessment is part of new qualifications introduced from September 2009. It requires centre and consortium staff to work together in new ways. A set of resources to assist exams office staff in preparing for this exciting but challenging change has been created.
 

Supporting your Examinations Officer during the summer examinations season

12/05/10
The summer examination series is underway and it's one of the busiest times of year for examinations officers. Examinations officers are crucial to the smooth running of the examinations. This ensures that the centre and candidates are compliant with regulations and that any last minute hitches ...
 

Awarding the new A* grade at A level

17/02/10
Summer 2010 sees the first awards of the new A level specifications in nearly all subjects, together with the first awards of the new A* grade at A level. This new grade will reward exceptional performance and allow for improved discrimination between the best performing candidates. The A* grade wi ...
 

The 2009 evaluation of Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) regulation

19/01/10
This is a report on the findings from the first year of a two-year evaluation of the regulation of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). It is published by the qualifications regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
 

The quality and standardisation of units in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

03/12/09
This guidance is for all organisations developing QCF units of assessment and builds on the advice given in the Guidelines for writing credit-based units of assessment for the QCF, version 3 (QCA/08/3873).
 

Protocol for determining level and credit value for units in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

03/12/09
The protocol comprises a series of high-level principles for determining level and credit value when writing units for the Qualifications and Credit Framework. These principles should be reflected in a recognised organisation’s (both submitting and awarding organisations) processes and systems for ...