Young people in England can currently choose between three types of Level 3 qualification at the age of 16: academic qualifications such as A levels, technical qualifications that lead to a specific occupation, and applied general qualifications such as BTECs that combine the development of practical skills with academic learning.
In July 2021, the Department for Education confirmed plans to replace this three-route model with a two-route model of A levels and T levels (a new suite of technical qualifications), where most young people pursue one of these qualifications at the age of 16. As a result, funding for the majority of BTEC qualifications will be removed.
The #ProtectStudentChoice campaign coalition of 29 organisations that represent and support staff and students in schools, colleges and universities is deeply concerned about this plan. In our view, it is far too simplistic, and many young people will continue to be better served studying a BTEC rather than an A level or T level-only study programme. Our shared priority is to #ProtectStudentChoice by ensuring that AGQs continue to play a major role in the future qualifications landscape. You can read our joint position statement here and our joint letter to the Secretary of State for Education here.
We need the support of school and college leaders, governors, students, parents, teachers and support staff to make the campaign a success. There are lots of ways to get involved, for example:
For more information about getting involved email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|0. Briefing for MPs December 2023||Download|
|1. Desperate Measures report||Download|
|2. Response from Shadow Secretary of State to Campaign||Download|
|3. Protect Student Choice letter to Shadow Secretary of State||Download|
|4. Campaign analysis of AGQ defunding||Download|
|5. Government response to school leaders' letter - March 2023||Download|
|6. Letter to DfE from 360 heads and principals - February 2023||Download|
|7. Petition Debate MP Briefing Supplement July 2022||Download|
|8. 'You are about to make a terrible mistake' - Analysis of retention in SFCs over time||Download|
|9. Secretary of State's Letter to Lords - April 2022||Download|