The government has issued an important update report on the reform of Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications which will see new quality criteria and approval processes implemented.
Level 3 reforms
Awarding bodies will need to register their intent to deliver Level 3 qualifications by the 10th of February 2023 and make submissions by this July. The DfE will confirm approval decisions and funding by summer 2024, and a new formulated qualification system at Level 3 and below will be in place from 2025.
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Level 2 reforms
On 18 October 2022, the DfE published the government response to the level 2 and below consultation. Key points are:
- At level 2, qualifications should either support progression to further study or work-based training at level 3, or lead directly into skilled employment in sectors and occupations where level 2 skills are needed.
- As at level 3, the majority of technical qualifications at level 2 should be aligned to employer-led occupational standards – the same standards that already underpin T Levels and apprenticeships.
- For learners studying at level 1 and entry level, the focus for most people should be either progression onto a technical qualification at level 2 or 3 that leads to employment in a skilled occupation, or progression to a work-based pathway such as an apprenticeship, or supported internship.
- Basic skills qualifications in English, maths and digital, as well as ESOL qualifications, will continue to play a vital role.
- It is recognised that some learners will go into employment without reaching level 2, and that a small minority will be aiming first and foremost for independent living. It is proposed that in future personal, social and employability skills qualifications should be designed to meet national standards, to ensure greater consistency and quality.
Read more about the reform of Level 2 qualifications here