The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that an assessment by examination must be taken at the end of a pupil’s course of study for Technical Awards to be first taught from September 2021.
This ‘terminal assessment’ for pupils typically sitting the exam at the end of year 11, is one of the new criteria to be applied following an earlier consultation which focused on Technical Awards offered to 14 to 16 year olds.
Taken by 35% of Key Stage 4 pupils alongside GCSEs, Technical Awards are Level 1 and 2 non-GCSE performance table qualifications that are designed to provide pupils with applied knowledge and practical skills of a sector or occupational group.
Awarding Organisations must now submit Technical Awards for inclusion on the 2023 performance tables under new DfE criteria. These include: