The Level 3 Review - what's happening?
The UK Government has now completed a review of post-16 qualifications. The review looked at which qualifications should be available to young learners and adults alongside A Levels and T Levels. Read their response which outlines what the government will do to reform Level 3 qualifications following the consultation that closed in January 2021.
We support the introduction of T Levels and share the Government's vision for outstanding outcomes for every learner. Young learners and adults have told us it's important for them to have choice in qualifications that suit their career aspirations and best support them and the UK economy - both now and in the future.
Sixteen organisations that represent and support staff and students in schools, colleges and universities have written to the Education Secretary urging him to reconsider restricting students’ choice of qualifications at the age of 16.
The #ProtectStudentChoice campaign focuses on the Department for Education’s current review of post-16 qualifications at Level 3, which puts government funding at risk for many applied general qualifications such as BTECs. The letter warns that “many young people will be adversely affected by this proposal, but disadvantaged students have the most to lose”.
They have also launched a petition to reverse the plan to remove funding for BTEC qualifications.