Qualifications Wales (Welsh: Cymwysterau Cymru) is a Welsh Government sponsored body, responsible for the recognition of awarding bodies and the review and approval of non-degree qualifications in Wales. It was established by the Qualifications Wales Act 2015 and became operational from 21 September 2015.
|Formation||21 September 2015|
|Type||Welsh Government Sponsored Body|
|Purpose||Regulating general and vocational qualifications in Wales.|
|Headquarters||Q2 Building, Imperial Park, Coedkernew, Newport|
It regulates awarding bodies delivering those qualifications taken in schools and colleges, such as GCSEs and A levels, but also vocational qualifications and the Welsh Baccalaureate. The organisation has over 75 staff, in a mix of regulatory, research, policy and development roles. Its offices are based in Imperial Park, Newport.
As set out in the Act, the body has two principal aims and responsibilities:
- ensuring that qualifications, and the Welsh qualification system, are effective for meeting the reasonable needs of learners in Wales;
- promoting public confidence in qualifications and in the Welsh qualification system
- "Qualifications Wales Act 2015". National Assembly for Wales. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
- "Qualifications Wales Act 2015 - Summary" (PDF). National Assembly for Wales. August 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
- "Help shape the Welsh qualifications system: Six recruitment opportunities at Qualifications Wales". Wales Online. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.