Ofqual, the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator, is the regulator of qualifications in England. It took over the role previously carried out by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) since 1998. Ofqual ensures that:
- organisations offering qualifications have good systems in place and that they are held to account for their performance
- all qualifications offered by awarding bodies are fair and are comparable with other qualifications
- standards in qualifications are monitored and the findings are reported
- there is fair access to qualifications for all candidates
- the quality of marking for qualifications is high, so that learners get the results they deserve
- that the qualifications market provides value for money and meets the needs of learners and employers
Each awarding organisation, which is recognised by Ofqual, is subject to the General Conditions of Recognition (PDF, 642KB), which were last updated in September 2013.