The number of certificates awarded in the third quarter of 2019 was just over 2.3 million certificates, a decrease of 2.3% compared to the third quarter of 2018.
This fall in the number of certificates reflects a greater trend in the overall decline in certificates for vocational qualifications over time. This may be caused by a tightening in the availability of funding.
The figures show a 96% decrease in the number of certificates awarded in QCF qualifications compared to Q3 2018. This is due to the term QCF being removed from a large number of qualification titles (after the removal of regulatory arrangements).
Functional Skills also saw a 16% decrease in certificates in the same timeframe, continuing the ongoing trend in the drop in the number of Functional Skills certifications in the past few quarters.
This quarter saw an increase in the number of certificates awarded in the following qualification types: Other Vocational Qualifications (22%) and Other General Qualifications (13%).
There was a 10% decrease in the number of certificates awarded in Level 1 qualifications and a 29% increase in the number of certificates award