Technical Qualifications

Education written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson Conservative, South Staffordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Education when the proposed tech levels and technical baccalaureate will be introduced; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills

Tech level qualifications will be introduced in September 2014 as a high quality alternative to A levels. They require industry backing and will equip students with specialist knowledge and skills.

The technical baccalaureate measure will recognise students who achieve a tech level, core maths at level 3 and the extended project qualification. It will appear in performance tables from 2016.

The DFE will publish the first list of approved tech levels in November 2013.

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