Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL]

Explanatory Notes

Review of Post-16 Qualifications at Level 3 and below in England

9 In 2019, the Government launched a review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below and held a consultation. The second of two consultations closed in early 2021; this covered qualifications at level 3 that are approved for funding for providers in England for students aged 16 and over, with the exception of GCSEs, A levels and Functional Skills.

10 The review set out an ambition for a fully coherent technical education system with clear pathways for progression to specific occupations and clear, high-quality progression routes to prestigious higher technical education that lead to skilled occupations with good economic outcomes.

11 The Government’s intention is that the Institute takes a leading role in approving level 3 technical qualifications that meet new quality criteria, are based on employer-led standards, and have evidence of employer demand.


18th May 2021