Reform of vocational qualifications

16 to 19 vocational qualifications: technical guidance

Guides for awarding organisations applying to DfE to include 16 to 19 qualifications in future performance tables. Includes criteria for assigning vocational qualifications into Applied General and Tech Level categories.


BTEC Nationals: Introducing External Assessment

As a direct result of feedback from employers and Higher Education the way in which BTECs are assessed is changing. The biggest change is the introduction of external assessment - a requirement on Pearson to formally mark and grade external units. This introductory guide sets out the fundamental requirements,and how we can work with you to best prepare you and your learners for these new assessments from May 2017.


2016 Performance Tables for Key Stage 4: vocational qualifications

Includes lists of vocational qualifications approved for teaching from September 2014 and reporting in the 2016 performance tables, split into the following groups of qualifications:

  • 14-16 Non-GCSE qualifications (KS4)
  • Applied general qualifications (16-19)
  • Tech levels (16-19)


2017 Performance Tables for Key Stage 4: vocational qualifications

Includes lists of technical and vocational qualifications approved for teaching from September 2015 and reporting in 2017 performance tables, split into the following groups of qualifications:

  • Technical award (KS4)
  • Applied general qualifications (16-19)
  • Tech levels (16-19)
  • Technical certificates (16-19)


2018 performance tables for Key Stage 4: technical and vocational qualifications

Technical and vocational qualifications for teaching from September 2016 and reporting in 2018 performance tables.


2019 performance tables for Key Stage 4: technical and vocational qualifications

Technical and vocational qualifications for teaching from September 2017 and reporting in 2019 performance tables.