Vocational and Technical Qualifications Landscape




This 'node tree' shows vocational and technical qualifications available in England and regulated by Ofqual.



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1. What does this data visualisation show?

This 'node tree' shows vocational and technical qualifications available in England and regulated by Ofqual.
You can click on a 'node' (represented as a coloured circle) to see the qualifications in that category and their associated number of certifications (number of people completing the qualification).
The 'nodes' are organised across the page:
  • Sector Subject Area (SSA) - each SSA represents a broad subject domain - there are fifteen altogether.
  • Sub Sector Subject Area - a slightly more fine-grained subject classification, such that each SSA is divided into 2 or more sub-categories.
  • Awarding Organisation (AO).

2. How are the nodes organised?

The order of the nodes (and the colouring) is according to the number of certifications (deeper colours representing the greater number of certifications), and presented towards the top.

3. How can I get more detailed information?

Each time you click on a node, any further node pathways will open out; and a table is presented beneath supplying a list of the data that sits beneath.

4. What do the filters at the top of the page do?

You can also filter out some categories of qualifications, using the filter buttons at the top of the page, according to:

5. Which qualifications are shown here / not shown here?

This data visualisation shows:
  • Vocational and/or technical qualifications available in England and regulated by Ofqual.
  • Qualifications that are 'current' in the sense that they have certifications in the selected academic year and/or they went on our register after 31 August of the selected academic year. If there have been no certifications, it is not shown in the node tree but it is shown in the accompanying table.

It does not show:
  • Qualifications not regulated by Ofqual. It therefore does not show those qualifications only available in other parts of the UK: Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland.
  • Qualifications that are classed as 'general' or 'other general' e.g. GCSE, A Level, and qualifications which are designed to fit with similar academic courses of study such as international GCSE.

6. What time period does certification data refer to?

The certification data is for the twelve-month period between October and September in the respective academic year.
We also publish the certifications data on a quarterly basis as National Statistics. Please click to see the latest quarterly data.

7. What does the table show?

This shows the detail of the most recent node that you have clicked on. It can show how many certifications there have been in the 12-month period for each particular named qualification.

8. Can I download the data?

Yes - you can download the data from the table by clicking on the `Download this table` button which is located underneath the table.

9. Is there any rounding used?

Certification numbers are rounded to the nearest 5.

For any feedback on these graphs, please contact data.analytics@ofqual.gov.uk.

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If you need an accessible version of this information to meet specific accessibility requirements, please email publications@ofqual.gov.uk with details of your request.