Ofqual's formal legal list of Regulatory Documents (documents containing additional rules and guidance for regulated qualifications).


This document is the official ‘Regulatory Document List’ referred to in Condition J1.8 of our General Conditions of Recognition. It replaces all previous versions of that list.

The documents listed below are the Regulatory Documents (as defined in Condition J1.8) which are currently in force. For ease of reference, the list is organised alphabetically by qualification type, with hyperlinks to individual documents or lists of documents.

About Regulatory Documents

Regulatory Documents contain qualification-specific rules and guidance.

Our General Conditions of Recognition require an awarding organisation to ensure that:

  • it complies with any requirement to take or to refrain from taking any action specified in a Regulatory Document
  • it has regard to any guidelines or principles of good practice in relation to any behaviour on the part of an awarding organisation set out in a Regulatory Document
  • any qualification it makes available, or proposes to make available, complies with any requirement relating to that qualification which is set out in a Regulatory Document
  • in the development, delivery and award of any qualification which it makes available, or proposes to make available, it has regard to any guidelines and principles of good practice relating to that qualification which are set out in a Regulatory Document
  • it only makes available a qualification which uses a unit or Rule of Combination developed by another person where it reasonably believes that:
    • the unit or Rule of Combination complies with the requirements relating to it that are set out in any Regulatory Document
    • in the development of the unit or Rule of Combination, due regard has been had to the guidelines and principles of good practice set out in any Regulatory Document.

In any case of difference or contradiction, the General Conditions of Recognition (and, where relevant, any Qualification Level Conditions or Subject Level Conditions) take precedence over any requirements or guidance set out in a Regulatory Document.

English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL)

Functional Skills

GCE AS and A levels

All AS and A levels

Pre-reform AS and A levels only



GCSEs (graded A* to G) only

Level 1/2 Certificates

Published 30 September 2015
Last updated 7 September 2018 + show all updates

  1. We have withdrawn documents for Advanced Extension Awards, and for additional legacy GCSEs, AS and A levels which are no longer available.
  2. Updated following withdrawal of rules for key skills qualifications, and for legacy GCSEs, AS and A levels that are no longer available.
  3. Updated following the withdrawal of legacy rules for project qualifications
  4. Updated following withdrawal of Regulatory Documents for principal learning qualifications
  5. Updated following withdrawal of our rules for adult literacy and numeracy qualifications
  6. Updated following withdrawal of 'Criteria for Entry-level qualifications'.
  7. Updated to reflect withdrawal of the GCSE, GCE, Principal Learning and Project Code of Practice for GCSEs (graded A* to G).
  8. Updated to reflect withdrawal of the GCSE, GCE, Principal Learning and Project Code of Practice for legacy AS and A levels.
  9. Updated following publication of 2016 data exchange procedures, and new rules for setting grade boundaries in GCSEs, AS and A levels
  10. First published.


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