About Awarding Bodies

Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB)

About Awarding Bodies

Awarding bodies are organisations that develop and award qualifications to meet the needs of learners, employers and other stakeholders.

They come in all shapes and sizes. They can be:

  • registered charities
  • chartered institutes
  • commercial businesses
  • employers who have established their own awarding body
  • small sector specific bodies or large cross-sectoral bodies


Irrespective of their shape and size awarding bodies focus on:

  • Developing high quality qualifications that meet the needs of employers and learners
  • Approving centres and working with them to ensure high quality delivery of qualifications
  • Carrying out activity designed to assure the quality of the qualifications awarded
  • Developing innovative products and services to support their centres and learners


Many awarding bodies (over 160) are recognised by Ofqual. See the section on regulation of awarding bodies for more information.