Review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below

The Department for Education (DfE) consultation on the review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below closed on Monday 10 June 2019. The Federation’s final response can be found here:

Federation final response to the Department for Education consultation, Review of Post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below, June 2019

Appendix 1 to the Federation of Awarding Bodies response to the Post-16 review of qualifications at Level 3 and below

A summary of the key points in the response can be found here: Key points in the response to the Department for Education consultation, Review of Post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below, June 2019

We are extremely grateful to members for the level of support and engagement in our response to this consultation. Sincere thanks to everyone who gave their time to attending the focus group, the joint DfE/FAB/JCQ event, one-to-one interviews and commenting on the draft and providing case studies.

The Federation has written to the Secretary of State for Education, enclosing the response, and has copied the letter to the regulators and other key stakeholders. A copy of the letter can be found here: Letter re. Review of Post-16 qualifications at Level 3 and below.

Last week we shared a link to an article in FE News by our Chair, Paul Eeles which argues that Ministers should seek more independent advice in deciding the future funding of qualifications. The article emphasises why it is so important to ensure the qualifications market can function effectively in the future to support the varied needs of learners and the economy. 

You can read the article here: Government review into funding of qualifications at level 3 and below: Don’t kick away the ladder of opportunity for learners!

You can also read a more recent article in TES which argues for continued flexibility and choice in the qualifications market to ensure the diverse needs of learners can be met.

This consultation has also been reported by the BBC in a piece that highlights the support from business leaders for a wider choice of qualifications to be available to learners.