Performance points and GCSE/GCE size equivalence are an important part of the Performance Tables as they allow qualifications of different size and grading structures to be compared.
The downloadable document is a practical introduction to calculating points. Using this document, you should be able to tell if a qualification is eligible for points, find the necessary information about it on Ofqual's register of regulated qualifications and calculate the appropriate points for that qualification.
From 2014 the Key Stage 4 Performance Tables will be restricted to qualifications that are the same size as a GCSE or larger and each qualification will count for one in the Performance Tables irrespective of its size. The updated performance points methodology will be published on this page in due course.