Education: Assessments

Education written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what qualifications other than GCSEs are offered to pupils of GCSE-age studying in England; and what the required ability ranges are for pupils for each such qualification.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

There are 4,440 Ofqual-accredited non-GCSE qualifications, which can be offered at Key Stage 4 in England; 140 qualifications that may be taught from September 2012 have been approved by the Department as meeting the standards for inclusion in schools performance tables. It is for schools to decide which qualifications meet the ability and needs of individual pupils! The full list of 4,440 qualifications, including the 140, can be found at: and has also been placed in the House Libraries.

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