What we do
Qualifications Wales has been established through the Qualifications Wales Act 2015 as the regulator of non-degree qualifications and the qualification system in Wales. It is a Welsh Government Sponsored Body, independent of government, and is accountable to the National Assembly for Wales.
The Qualifications Wales Act 2015 sets out two principal aims and places responsibilities on the new organisation that will guide our work:
(a) ensuring that qualifications, and the Welsh qualification system, are effective for meeting the reasonable needs of learners in Wales;
(b) promoting public confidence in qualifications and in the Welsh qualification system
In considering what is appropriate to achieve these principal aims, we have to take the following into account:
- Sustainable growth in the Welsh economy
- The Welsh language
- The range and nature of qualifications and their assessment arrangements
- Employers, Higher Education institutions and the professions – including standards of professional competence
- Knowledge, skills and understanding – currency and best practice
- How challenging Welsh qualifications are when compared with those in Europe and elsewhere
- Efficiency and value for money
- The roles and responsibilities of people and organisations involved in the qualifications system
Qualifications Wales has responsibility for regulating non-degree qualifications, including general qualifications, such as GCSEs and A levels and vocational qualifications, such as an NVQ Certificate in Business and Administration, a Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development or Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing. We are also responsible for the qualifications system in Wales – for example, how the different bodies in the system (such as ourselves, awarding bodies, other regulators, funders, learning providers, expert bodies) inter-relate.
Qualifications Wales is organised to focus on four main areas of activity:
- Recognition and Approval: the recognition of awarding bodies and the approval (and designation) of qualifications.
- Monitoring and Compliance: the regulation of awarding bodies once recognised and the review of qualifications already in the system.
- Development and Commissioning: the design of new qualification requirements for Wales and the commissioning of awarding bodies to develop new qualifications for Wales.
- Research: research into the qualification system and into specific areas of interest and relevance to Qualifications Wales to provide the evidence base for regulatory decision-making