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Review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 in England: Second Stage

The consultation sets the Dept for Education’s proposals for future level 3 qualifications to create clear, coherent skills systems. Employers are to be put at the front of the skills agenda, helping to develop the courses and ensure standards.

From 2024, there will be 24 subjects taught at T-Level, including ‘Onsite Construction’, ‘Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing’ and ‘Engineering’

The IET will respond to various issues within the consultation. The IET aims to answer the following questions:

  • Do you agree that the two groups of qualifications outlined in paragraph 45 are needed for 16 to 19-year-olds choosing technical provision?
  • Do you agree that the types of small qualifications described in paragraphs 71 to 73, that should typically be taken alongside A levels, should be funded?
  • Are there any other types of qualifications that we should continue to fund to be taken alongside A levels?
  • Do you agree that the group of qualifications described in paragraphs 79 to 80 should be funded to be taken as alternative programmes of study to A levels?
  • Do our proposals for academic qualifications for 16 to 19-year-olds (set out in paragraphs 67 to 82) provide opportunities to progress to a broad range of high quality higher education?
  • What additional support might students need to achieve the new high-quality offer at level 3?
  • Do you agree with our proposal to fund the same academic options for adults as 16 to 19-year-olds?
  • Do you agree with our proposal to fund the Access to HE Diploma for adults (as well as for 16 to 19-year-olds in exceptional circumstances)?
  • Do you agree with our proposed approach to making T Levels available to adults?
  • Do you agree with our proposal that T Level Occupational Specialisms should be offered as separate standalone qualifications for adults?

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Trustees propose submitting a response to this consultation and invite comments from Members who have expertise in this area and have studied the consultation documents. In its capacity as a professional body, the IET will confine itself to only addressing those questions that are within its area(s) of competence.

For more information and a summary of the questions, please refer to the consultation webpage.

Please respond no later than 9am 7th January 2021 to Duncan Kenyon with "Review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 in England: Second Stage" in the subject line.