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Who are Ofqual?

Find out about the work we do to maintain standards and confidence in qualifications.

We’re the expert regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments for England. 

Our role in education is important. We maintain standards and public confidence in qualifications. These include GCSEs, A levels, AS levels and vocational and technical qualifications. They also include Apprenticeship end-point assessments.

We believe the qualifications we regulate should be of the right standard. This is so students and apprentices taking qualifications have confidence that they are of good quality, fair and show what they have achieved.

The work we do affects the lives of students all across England and at some stage thousands of adult learners too. Everything we do is in the interests of students and apprentices, with quality and fairness being our top priority.

Some facts about Ofqual

  • Ofqual was set up in April 2010 under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009. It is also covered by the Education Act 2011.
  • We regulate 251 awarding organisations who offer more than 10,700 qualifications. For which 11.3 million certificates were issued to students in the 2022 to 2023 academic year.
  • We also regulate 292 apprenticeship end-point assessments.
  • We’re a non-ministerial government department with jurisdiction in England. As of March 2024, we have 343 permanent employees based in Coventry.