Explanatory Notes

Qualifications Wales Act 2015


05 August 2015

Commentary on Sections

Schedule 3: Further Provision about Recognition of Awarding Bodies

Paragraphs 17 and 18: Surrender of recognition

158.Under paragraph 17, a recognised awarding body may give Qualifications Wales a surrender notice asking it to remove its recognition of the awarding body – either in respect of every qualification for which it is recognised or in relation to a specified qualification (or description of qualification). The surrender notice must specify the date on which the awarding body wishes the recognition to end. Qualifications Wales must give the awarding body an acknowledgement of surrender which sets out the date that recognition will come to an end. The date may be the same as that proposed by the awarding body or a different date, as Qualifications Wales thinks appropriate. Qualifications Wales must give reasons in the notice as to why a different date is provided from that proposed by the awarding body, and paragraph 17(6) refers to the matters that Qualifications Wales must consider in deciding upon the date for recognition to be surrendered, which are the need to avoid prejudice to learners and the awarding body’s wish that recognition ceases on the date it has specified.

159.Under paragraph 18, Qualifications Wales, for a specified period of time, may treat a body that has surrendered its recognition as if it continues to be recognised for specified purposes. Qualifications Wales may only make such a provision if it thinks it appropriate to do so to avoid prejudice to learners. Similar provision is made in respect of the surrender of approval (see the notes accompanying section 26).