Following on from the reform of vocational qualifications for 14–16 year-olds and linked to developments around 16–19 study programmes, the Government is proposing that, in order to be counted in future School and College Performance Tables, advanced qualifications will need to be defined in one of three distinct categories and meet certain characteristics shown in the table below:
The first stage will be the production of an interim list by the Department for Education (DfE) in December 2013 of approved Applied General and Technical Level qualifications at Level 3.
This will include Level 3 vocational qualifications that have met the interim standard around stated purpose and content, size and recognition. Qualifications from this list will be used in study programmes with learners from 2014 and can count towards the 2016 and 2017 Performance Tables.
The second stage requires awarding bodies to carry out further development work to meet the full standard, including synoptic and external assessment, grading and, for Technical Level qualifications, additional employer involvement. The list of Level 3 vocational qualifications meeting the full standard will be published in September 2015 for programmes of learning beginning in 2016 and counting towards the 2018 Performance Tables.
Schools and colleges and learning providers are still free to deliver any qualifications that are appropriate for their learners and are approved for use with 16–19-year-olds. However, only those vocational qualifications on the interim and full lists will be counted in performance measures, including the recently announced Technical Baccalaureate.
The Government will continue its 16–19 vocational qualifications reform programme and consult on 16–19 performance measures over the summer.
See the full consultation response from the Department for Education
OCR will be submitting Level 3 Cambridge Technicals for inclusion in both the interim and full lists. We will continue to inform you via our website and through contact with individual centres about the changes and how they affect you and your learners.
In the meantime, we’re extending the accreditation of the existing Cambridge Technicals. Learners already on programmes and starting one- or two-year programmes in 2013 will carry on with no change.
We’re currently working on providing evidence of the recognition of Cambridge Technicals, by employers, trade associations, professional bodies and Higher Education Institutions in relevant industries and sectors.
Where you’re delivering higher education in your institution and accept Cambridge Technicals as fulfilling entry requirements, either on their own or alongside other qualifications at the same level, we’d like to hear from you.
We’ve created a letter that your admissions team or head of faculty can complete. Please download, sign and send it back to us, using the contact details below.
This will indicate that you would be willing to accept specified qualifications in any future application to your University. You are of course welcome to adopt your own approach to this response. The Department for Education (DfE) has specified that any letter should identify:
Choose the letter template/s which contain those subjects that are relevant to your organisation, edit them as appropriate and return to us using the details below.
Where you are delivering Cambridge Technicals and have used the freedom they offer as an opportunity for creative partnership with local employers, we would be very grateful for your help in engaging their support.
The Department for Education (DfE) requires that organisations and institutions that recognise the qualifications and provide a letter of support are also prepared to have the letter made available on OCR’s website. Signing up for recognition, however, does not commit any company or institution to further activity.
We’ve created letter templates that organisations can complete – please download and pass it on to employers that you work with and request that they send it back us, using the contact details below. The letter is merely a template and employers can adopt their own approach to writing the letter if they prefer, provided that the exact name of the qualification/s is/are specified.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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