Qualifications Wales Data Project

Wednesday 12 Jul 2017

Qualifications Wales has completed its scoping activity, and begins its implementation with a consultation on the design of templates for data collection in Wales.

We are pleased to advise you that we have completed the scoping phase of our Data Project, and – having considered the views of awarding bodies and other stakeholders – have reached conclusions about the type of data that we want to collect from awarding bodies on a regular basis.

We have considered the merits of collecting disaggregated or candidate-level data on a regular basis. We recognise that we will need disaggregated data for some research projects but have decided to collect this as and when required. Our regular collections will therefore require aggregated data, for example, counts of entries at qualification level.

General Qualifications

We have developed a series of collection templates and a collection schedule and will consult with awarding bodies on these at the end of July. We know that the summer is a busy time for them to consider the detail of these templates, and so we will keep the consultation open until the first week in September 2017.

For clarity, this consultation on templates and collection schedule relates to general qualifications only, and we propose to introduce these templates for data collection on the 2017/18 academic year data.

Ofqual currently collects data for Wales, and will continue to do so for all collections relating to the remainder of the 2016/17 academic year for general qualifications.

As a quick reminder, the qualifications that we are referring to as general qualifications, for the purposes of the consultation are:

  • GCSEs

  • GCEs

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

  • Level 1 and 2 certificates in general qualifications (for example, IGCSE)

The vast majority of these proposed templates will remain the same or very similar to those submitted currently to Ofqual, including the first of our proposed collections for the 2017/18 academic year (November series entries).

Four of them are slightly different from what is currently in use. The first of these (Review of Marking) is scheduled for collection in February 2018, so we are confident that we can manage any proposed changes to these templates well in advance.

Vocational Qualifications

We will be taking a bit longer to consider the templates that we want to use for data on vocational qualifications.

In the meantime, Ofqual will continue to collect and publish vocational qualifications data covering Wales.

Please watch this space for news about the proposals, but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the project mailbox: dataproject@qualificationswales.org