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Questions from learning providers

Ofqual consultation on awarding vocational and technical qualifications


Q: We have many learners on vocational and technical courses that are due to finish. Practical assessments still need to be completed. What is the outcome of the consultation on the assessment and grading of these qualifications?

A: Ofqual published the consultation decision on the assessment and grading of vocational, technical and other general qualifications on 22 May 2020. 

In summary, they have set out an extraordinary framework to permit approaches to issuing results that are not normally permitted.

Depending on the qualification, learners will receive a calculated result. Where this is not possible or appropriate, awarding organisations can offer adapted assessments. If neither of these options are possible, awarding organisations can delay assessments.

Out of scope qualifications regulated by Ofqual will continue to be subject to the General Conditions. Awarding organisations may calculate results for learners or adapt assessments or delivery models for out of scope qualifications. They must still comply with the requirements of their General Conditions of Recognition.