VQ News 02 May, 2023

Vocational Qualifications – General Information

On this page you will find the key documentation required to support centres with the delivery of RSL Vocational Qualifications.

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Updated 1st September 2023

Where learners will not have enough evidence to certificate in 22/23 as planned, RSL will facilitate an autumn series. In this series, centres can provide learners the opportunity to produce additional evidence to complete their qualifications. This will be the final opportunity for learners to achieve grades for assessments from the 22/23 academic year. Please download the guidance and application forms here.



We wanted to highlight a few small changes to our key dates for this term. As you are likely to be aware, Ofqual have put in place a VTQ action plan for all awarding organisations (AOs) to make sure all students get their results when they expect to. This has meant some small changes to the requirements in our key dates’ calendars for the remaining term, to fall in line with their deadlines.

We appreciate any mid-year changes can be unsettling. We have attempted to make the submissions needed as simple as possible by replacing previous word documents with web forms where we are able. Links to these web forms are in the key dates calendar.

The dates that were put in place at the start of the year have not changed. Any changes are either an addition or an amendment to what was previously asked. These are highlighted in the calendar with NEW to make it as easy as possible to distinguish the changes.

You can find the new key dates calendars for Performance Tables and Non-Performance Tables qualifications by clicking here, or scrolling below…

If you are working with several Awarding Organisations, the likelihood is that these changes will be familiar to you.

You can find more information about Ofqual’s VTQ action plan here.

If you have any questions, please contact us at vocational@rslawards.com

Centre Handbook

The handbook is designed to act as a reference manual for the delivery of RSL Vocational Qualifications (VQ). It is intended to provide advice and guidance for centres starting to deliver RSL qualifications and to aid centres throughout delivery. It will support the administration and delivery of assessment and internal verification.


Key Dates for Academic Year 2022/23

Download the key dates in PDF format





Performance Table Sample Size Matrices

Sample size matrices for moderation for performance tables qualifications show the number of units and learners which will be requested by your External Quality Assurer for moderation. These are for performance tables qualifications only so please refer to the non-performance tables versions below if you are delivering those qualifications…




Non-Performance Table Sample Size Matrices

Sample size matrices for moderation for non-performance tables qualifications show the number of units and learners which will be requested by your External Quality Assurer for moderation. These are for non-performance tables qualifications only so please refer to the performance tables versions above if you are delivering those qualifications…








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