Key Stage 4 & V Certs

V Certs are technical alternative qualifications to GCSEs at Key Stage 4 holding Department for Education (DfE) performance points and recognised in the Progress 8 Measure.

V Certs are the ideal fit for your curriculum and schools and learners will benefit from a range of subject areas to choose from. They have been designed to fit seamlessly in to timetables alongside core subjects.

V Certs are appropriate for learners aged 14-16 who are motivated and challenged by learning through hands-on experiences and through content which is concrete and directly related to those experiences. They offer equivalent levels of rigour and challenge to a GCSE with clear progression routes and career pathways.



We’ve a range of FREE V Cert resources which will help support both you and your Learners.

You can locate the resources available for each qualification by visiting the qualification page on QualHub
Support material and resources include:

  • Factsheets 
  • Evidence and grading tracker 
  • External assessment practice papers
  • Example portfolios
  • Internal assessment sample tasks
  • Chief examiner reports
  • Webinars and events
  • Video resources and tutorials

Get in touch with our dedicated support team about delivering V Certs in your school.

Call: 0191 240 8833

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Grading Structure

This diagram explains how the NCFE grading structure compares to the new 1 - 9 grading model.


DfE Performance Tables Quick Guide

This guide has been created to support schools and centres with information on which qualifications have been approved by the Department for Education (DfE).


V Cert Qualifications External Assessment Windows

This document provides the external assessment windows for our V Cert qualifications.



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