In July 2021, the Government completed a review and consultation that impacts Level 3 BTECs and other vocational qualifications in England. The main proposal is to introduce a choice between T levels and A levels at Level 3, where most young people pursue one of these routes at the age of 16.
However, alongside this the DfE recognise that in certain areas there is a clear role for alternative qualifications to T Levels and A levels such as BTECs, and these qualifications will run alongside A levels and T Levels.
Read the full Department for Education (DfE) response.
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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 applied general qualifications such as BTECs.
The campaign is backed by more than 20 organisations that represent and support staff and students in schools, colleges and universities deeply concerned about current government plans to restrict students’ choice of qualifications at the age of 16.