Explanatory Notes

Qualifications Wales Act 2015


05 August 2015

Commentary on Sections

Part 9: General

Section 56: Interpretation of references to “qualification”

112.This section defines “qualification” for the purposes of the Act. Degrees of various levels are excluded.

113.Except so far as a contrary intention appears, the definition requires that the qualification is “awarded in Wales”. The meaning of this expression in this context is explained in subsection (2). Whether a qualification is awarded in Wales depends in part upon the location of the assessment, or prospective assessment in respect of the qualification, which must be wholly or mainly in Wales, rather than the location of the awarding bodies. Section 57(4) explains further what this means.

114.An award of a qualification is defined as including the award of credits in respect of components of a qualification and to a qualification awarded by one or more bodies together. References to a form of a qualification are to the version of a qualification that a particular awarding body offers or wishes to offer.