180Assistance etc. in relation to qualifications functions of OfqualE+W
(1)The QCDA must, if requested to do so by Ofqual, assist Ofqual in setting criteria under section 133 or 140 which relate to a qualification or description of qualification within subsection (2).
(2)A qualification or description of qualification is within this subsection if Ofqual is required to comply with the duty imposed by section 143(2) in relation to it.
(3)The QCDA may—
(a)assist Ofqual in setting qualifications criteria which do not fall within subsection (1), and
(b)provide other assistance, information or advice to Ofqual in connection with the performance by Ofqual of any of its qualifications functions.
(4)In this section—
“assistance” does not include financial assistance (and “assist” is to be construed accordingly);
“Ofqual” means the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation;
“qualifications criteria” means criteria required to be set by Ofqual under—(a)
section 133 (criteria for recognition of awarding bodies),(b)
section 140 (criteria for accreditation of qualifications subject to the accreditation requirement), and(c)
section 146 (criteria in connection with the assignment of number of hours of guided learning);
“qualifications functions” means functions in connection with qualifications to which Part 7 applies (see section 130).