News - 6 September 2021

The Department for Education has recently conducted a review of post-16 qualifications at Level 3 in England; its latest plans can be found here. The main proposal is to introduce a binary system of T levels and A levels at Level 3, where the vast majority of young people pursue one of these qualifications at the age of 16. 

As a result, funding will be removed for the majority of applied general qualifications such as BTECs. We are deeply concerned about this proposal and believe that AGQs have a vital role to play in the future qualifications landscape. The #ProtectStudentChoice coalition of educational organisations and representative bodies has signed up to the joint position statement on the future of applied general qualifications set out below and written to Gavin Williamson to express our grave concerns.

On Monday 6 September some MPs are asking questions about the BTEC campaign in Parliament. Below is a briefing document about the #ProtectStudentChoice campaign and the broader BTEC situation.

protect_student_choice_mp_briefing_1__1__pg_2.pdfPlease support the #ProtectStudentChoice by signing the petition