Qualifications Wales Regulatory Documents List
The tracked changes in this document were made in November 2015.
GCSE qualification principles August 2014
This applies for GCSE qualifications where first teaching of the qualification
was during or after the academic year 2015/16.
Amendments to the GCSE qualification principles August 2014
This applies for GCSE qualifications where first teaching of the qualification
was during or after the academic year 2015/16.
GCSE subject principles
These apply for GCSE qualifications where first teaching of the qualification
was during or after the academic year 2015/16. The following regulations
apply:
Subject principles for GCSE English Language October 2014
Subject principles for GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy August 2014
Subject principles for GCSE Mathematics August 2014
Subject principles for GCSE Welsh Language October 2014
Criteria for GCSE qualifications February 2012
This applies for GCSE qualifications where first teaching of the qualification
was prior to the academic year 2015/16.
GCSE subject criteria
These apply for GCSE qualifications where first teaching of the qualification
was prior to the academic year 2015/16. The following regulations apply:
GCSE subject criteria for English Language September 2012
GCSE subject criteria for English literature February 2012
GCSE subject criteria for geography February 2012
GCSE subject criteria for history February 2012
GCSE subject criteria for religious studies February 2012
GCSE subject criteria for Welsh first language
Meini prawf TGAU ar gyfer Cymraeg Iaith Gyntaf Tachwedd 2008
GCSE subject criteria for additional applied science September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for additional science September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for art and design September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for biology September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for business subjects September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for chemistry January 2012
GCSE subject criteria for citizenship studies September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for classical subjects September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for construction and the built environment
September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for dance September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for design and technology September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for drama September 2011
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GCSE subject criteria for economics September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for engineering September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for expressive arts September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for health and social care September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for home economics September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for hospitality and/or catering September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for humanities September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for information and communication technology
(ICT) September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for law September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for leisure and tourism September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for manufacturing September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for mathematics September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for media studies September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for modern foreign languages September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for music September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for physical education September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for physics September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for psychology September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for science September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for sociology September 2011
GCSE subject criteria for statistics September 2011
GCSE controlled assessment regulations June 2014
This applies to all GCSE qualifications where first teaching of the qualification
was prior to the academic year 2015/16.
GCE AS and A level qualification principles August 2014
This applies for GCE AS and A level qualifications where first teaching of the
qualification was during or after the academic year 2015/16.
Criteria for GCE AS and A level qualifications July 2011
This applies for GCE AS and A level qualifications where first teaching of the
qualification was prior to the academic year 2015/16.
A and AS level subject criteria
These apply for GCE AS and A level qualifications where first teaching of the
qualification was prior to the academic year 2015/16. The following
regulations apply:
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for Welsh
Meini prawf TAG UG a Safon Uwch ar gyfer Cymraeg
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for accounting September 2011
GCE subject criteria for applied art and design September 2011
GCE subject criteria for applied business September 2011
GCE subject criteria for applied engineering September 2011
GCE subject criteria for applied health and social care September 2011
GCE subject criteria for applied information and communication
technology (ICT) September 2011
GCE subject criteria for applied leisure studies September 2011
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GCE subject criteria for applied media: communication and production
September 2011
GCE subject criteria for applied science September 2011
GCE subject criteria for applied travel and tourism September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for art and design September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for business studies September
2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for citizenship studies September
2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for classics September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for computing September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for design and technology
September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for drama and theatre studies
September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for economics September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for English language and literature
September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for English literature September
2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for general studies September
2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for geography September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for government and politics
September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for history September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for home economics September
2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for information and communication
technology (ICT) September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for law September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for mathematics September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for media studies September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for modern foreign languages
(MFL) September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for music and music technology
September 2011
GCE subject criteria for performing arts September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for physical education September
2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for religious studies September
2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for science September 2011
GCE AS and A level subject criteria for sociology September 2011
GCSE, GCE, Principal Learning and Project Code of Practice May 2011
This applies to all GCSE, GCE AS and A level, Principal Learning and Project
Code qualifications.
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Addendum to the GCSE, GCE, Principal Learning and Project Code of
Practice May 2012
This applies to all GCSE, GCE AS and A level, Principal Learning and Project
Code qualifications.
Design principles for the Welsh Bacc November 2014
This applies for all Welsh Bacc qualifications where first teaching of the
qualification was during or after the academic year 2015/16.
Design principles for Essential Skills Wales June 2015
This applies for all Essential Skills Wales qualifications where first teaching of
the qualification was during or after the academic year 2015/16.
Criteria for Essential Skills Wales
This applies for all Essential Skills Wales qualifications: Communications, ICT
and Application of Number where first teaching of the qualification was prior to
the academic year 2015/16.
Criteria for Key Skills Qualifications July 2011
This applies for all Wider Key Skills qualifications.
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NVQ Code of Practice 2006
The following parts of the NVQ Code of Practice apply to NVQ qualifications.
 Expertise: paragraphs 4 and 5.
 Data Requirements: paragraphs 22, 23 and 24.
 Application of assessment methodology: paragraphs 40 to 72.
 Appendix 1: Approved centre criteria.
 Appendix 3: Sanctions for non-compliance with the centre approval
criteria.
Addendum to NVQ code of practice 2006
This applies for all NVQ qualifications.
Criteria for Recognition March 2012
This document sets out the requirements which need to be met by an
awarding organisation before it can gain recognition status.
Amendments to the document Criteria for Recognition September 2015
This document outlines the changes made to the document Criteria for
Recognition. The changes enable Qualifications Wales to apply the criteria for
recognition to applications made by awarding bodies for recognition under the
Qualifications Wales Act 2015.
Interim General Conditions of Recognition November 2015
This document serves as Qualifications Wales’ Standard Conditions of
Recognition. It incorporates the Conditions of Recognition published by the
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Welsh Government in March 2015 with amendments that reflect the creation
of Qualifications Wales and the removal of the QCF.
Qualification and component levels November 2015
Requirements and guidance for assigning levels to regulated qualifications
and (where appropriate) their components.
Rules about applications for awarding body recognition
This applies to any body which wishes to apply to Qualifications Wales to
become a recognised awarding body and to have its qualifications regulated
in Wales.
Rules about application for approval and designation of qualifications
This applies to recognised awarding bodies who wish to apply to for its
qualification to be approved or designated by Qualifications Wales.
Approval criteria, criteria for designating a qualification, conditions of
approval and further provisions about designation
This applies primarily to awarding bodies recognised by Qualifications Wales.
Complaints about awarding bodies
This applies to anyone who wishes to complain about an awarding body
recognised by Qualifications Wales or about one or more regulated
qualifications offered by such an awarding body.
Taking action when things go wrong
This applies to recognised awarding bodies and for members of the public to
enable them to understand how Qualifications Wales might use its
enforcement and sanctions powers.
Regulatory appeals policy
This applies to anyone who has been affected by a regulatory decision made
by Qualifications Wales and wishes to appeal about that decision.
Regulatory incident management policy
This applies to Qualifications Wales’ staff so that they are clear on the initial
procedure to manage any regulatory incident.
Additional Certificate Requirements
This applies to awarding bodies so that they issue certificates that meet
Qualifications Wales requirements.
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