Ofqual maintains the standards and confidence in qualifications looking after GCSEs and A Levels in England, and a wide range of vocational qualifications both in England and Northern Ireland whilst also regulating National Curriculum Assessments in England.
Ofqual are independent of Government ministers and report directly to Parliament in Westminster and the Northern Ireland Assembly. Whilst Ofqual are independent, they do provide advice to Government on qualifications and assessment based on their own expertise and research.
Regulation by Ofqual is carried out by the recognition and continual monitoring of organisations that they have approved for the production and delivery of regulated qualifications.
For further information on Ofqual see http://www.ofqual.gov.uk