The DfE is seeking views on proposals to reform of post-16 qualifications at level 1, level 2 and entry level, including the proposed groups of qualifications that should continue to receive public funding at level 2 and below.
Background to the review of post-16 qualifications
The aim of the review of post-16 qualifications is to streamline the complex qualifications landscape, creating clear choices for young people and adults. The DfE is looking to ensure that every qualification approved for public funding:
- is high quality
- has a distinct purpose
- supports progression to positive outcomes
In 2020 to 2021 the DfE ran a call for evidence on post-16 level 2 and below study and qualifications in England. This explored what is working well and what more could be done to support students.
The review of post-16 qualifications consultation now sets out detailed proposals to reform qualifications at level 2 and below, and seeks views on the groups of qualifications that the DfE propose should continue to receive public funding.
A list of level 2 ICT user and related qualifications (including functional skills qualifications) with removed funding approval from 1 August 2022 and associated guidance is also available.