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Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which organisations are permitted to submit (a) GCSE and (b) A-level examinations for approval by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. (76235)

The awarding bodies AQA, Edexcel and OCR are the only organisations that currently submit GCSE and A-level specifications to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), which regulates qualifications in England. Any other organisations that wished to submit such a specification would have to show that it could abide by the relevant regulations.