If you haven't heard of Qualifications Wales before, we work closely with Welsh Government and others, to make sure that qualifications meet your needs, and promote confidence in the qualifications system.

We regulate awarding bodies who develop and deliver the following qualifications in Wales:

Qualifications levels

Qualifications Wales regulates all qualifications in Wales offered by recognised awarding bodies, other than degrees. It's important for you to know what level a qualification is, so that you can understand how it can help you with your next steps into work, or further study.

Across the UK, most qualifications taken at school, further education college, work or university fit into one of nine levels (12 in Scotland). The higher the level, the harder the qualification. Qualifications at the same level can be very different in terms of content and the length of time they take to complete.

The Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales provides a common currency for learning achievement for learners in Wales, of all ages and abilities. There are similar frameworks in each of the UK nations.

CQFW Framework graphic

Exams and assessments 2023-24

This academic year, we are taking the last step on our journey back to pre-pandemic arrangements for qualifications in Wales.  

In this dedicated exams and assessments 2023-24 section, you will find everything you need to know about the arrangements for exams and assessments this academic year.

Guide to exams and assessments

We’ve created an updated guide to exams and assessments for qualifications in 2023/2024.

Exams 360

We’re often asked questions about the exam system and how it works. Things like, who writes my exam paper and how are exam grades set?

Exams 360 is where you’ll find the answers to those and other common exam related queries.

Power Up

Qualifications Wales works with Welsh Government and other partners on Power Up which has hints, tips and information to get you through the exam and assessment season and onto the next level in your life.

Made-for-Wales GCSEs

We have been working on a new set of Made-for-Wales GCSEs and other qualifications that will realise the ambition of the Curriculum for Wales and meet the needs of learners. We have been consulting on a full set of design proposals for all subjects that will be available from 2025. 

The views of current learners, of all ages is an important part of this work. In preparation for the consultation, we ran a series of workshops and spoke to learners across the country – find out more in our Learner Voice Report.

Become a Learner Ambassador

A key area of our work is shaping qualifications that fit the needs of today and the future. To help us do this, we’ve established a Learner Panelthat allows the learner voice to be embedded in our work. 

Our Learner Ambassadors are an inspiring group of people with a diverse and broad range of experiences. We are always looking for new learners to join our panel, if you’d like to get involved more details can be found on our Learner Panel pages. 

Becoming a Learner Ambassador is a terrific opportunity for you to gain confidence, have your say on qualifications in Wales, and provides you with valuable experience to support in the next steps on your learning or work journey. 

Summer 2023 Results

Visit our dedicated Summer 2023 Results section.