SFCA responds to Level 3 Review News

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Commenting on the Government’s announcement that it will seek to phase out Level 3 qualifications where they overlap with A level or T level subjects, Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association said:

Sixth form colleges have always believed that there is a place for both T levels and applied generals. These two qualification types can very happily and usefully coexist. To remove too many AGQs would significantly impoverish the curriculum, damage social mobility, and do nothing to reduce the skills gap. It is imperative that all students in every community have the opportunity to study for the right blend of qualifications to ensure they can succeed in their career aspirations. We look forward to seeing the full proposals from the Government and will be responding to their consultation to make the case for retaining high-quality, reformed Level 3 AGQs.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Sixth Form Colleges Association is the established voice of dedicated sixth form education and the hub of a national network of sixth form providers: https://www.sixthformcolleges.org/
  2. In 2018/19, over 66,000 16-18s studied a reformed AGQ, of whom 8,913 studied at a sixth form college.
  3. While the DfE states that there are over 12,000 qualifications available to 16-18s, sixth form colleges only routinely offer Level 3 AGQs, comparable to A levels and T levels, in 24 subjects. There are A levels in over 40 subjects, while 24 T level subjects are planned. Level 3 AGQs were reformed by the DfE to be more rigorous in 2015, only five years ago, and are now understood and accepted by universities and employers.
  4. For more information please contact Noni Csogor at the Sixth Form Colleges Association: 07496 306954 noni.csogor@sixthformcolleges.org
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