Consultation outcome

Review of post-16 qualifications at level 3: second stage

Applies to England

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

Summary of responses we received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.

Read this response alongside the government’s plans for reform of level 3 qualifications policy statement for a complete view of the consultation response and the post-16 qualification reforms.

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Original consultation


We are seeking views on proposals to reform post-16 technical and academic qualifications at level 3.

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Consultation description

This consultation is the second stage of the review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England. It focuses on level 3 qualifications and seeks views on our proposals for the groups of qualifications that would continue to be funded alongside A levels and T Levels.

The review’s aim is:

  • clearer qualifications choices for young people and adults
  • to ensure that every qualification approved for public funding has a distinct purpose, is high quality and supports progression to positive outcomes for students

We have extended the closing date of this consultation in recognition of the ongoing disruption caused by by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The consultation will now close at 23:45 on Sunday 31 January 2021.

Alongside this consultation, you can also read:

Published 23 October 2020
Last updated 14 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added consultation response and links to related impact assessment, policy statement, guidance for providers and guidance for awarding bodies.

  2. Consultation closing date extended to 31 January 2021.

  3. Added link to the first stage consultation response and the post-16 study at level 2 and below call for evidence.

  4. First published.