Linking London | Key Priority Areas | Qualification Change and Reform

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Qualifications - change and reform, including progression from technical (occupational), applied general and academic qualifications

Focusing on Access to HE, BTEC, A level and T levels as well as higher level qualifications including HNCs/HNDs, foundation degrees, higher and degree apprenticeships and postgraduate qualifications, this work-strand will: 

  • Provide regular updates on changes and policy developments relating to qualifications at all levels, including vocational and technical education at levels 3-6 and postgraduate qualifications. 
  • Continue to run and support three qualification practitioner groups, addressing specific issues, providing policy and curriculum updates and sharing good practice in relation to: Access to HE Diplomas, BTEC qualifications and Higher and Degree apprenticeships. In addition, from 2021-22, we will be hosting a T Level Practitioner Group to explore the latest news and developments, as well as good practice and issues we can address collaboratively. 
  • Monitor, with partners and Awarding Bodies, the consequences and impact of changes in qualifications on recruitment, student behaviour, retention, and progression. 
  • Continue working with Admission staff to ensure they are up to date with changes to qualifications, provide information and support partners to ensure entry requirements are fair and meaningful and share good admissions practice. 
  • Work with partners to identify progression opportunities for learners through the mapping of identified progression routes, the development of new progression agreements, as required, and supporting the effectiveness of existing ones. 
  • Liaise with the NAS, unionlearn with the TUC and others, as well as employers, to facilitate further partner engagement with apprenticeship development. 
  • Ensure partners are informed of developments in relation qualifications reviews, including the Post 16 review and review of vocational and technical education at level 4 and 5, and the potential implications for partners. 
  • Explore, with partners, how we can improve social mobility onto postgraduate study, for Londoners via regular events to explore issues, share good practice and explore areas for collaboration.