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Post-16 Qualifications at Level 3 and Below in England Review

Question for Department for Education

UIN 82499, tabled on 8 November 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4th November 2022 to Question 71347 on Post-16 Qualifications at Level 3 and Below in England Review, how many 16-18 year old students are enrolled on (a) the 1,510 level 3 qualifications included in his Department’s review of post-16 qualifications and (b) each of the 134 Applied General Qualifications approved for inclusion in performance tables.

Answered on

14 November 2022

Our most recent assessment, covering the full impact of the reforms to level 3 qualifications, stated that of the 2.9 million 16 to 19-year-old enrolments studying level 3 qualifications, in future an estimated 742,000 could instead be studying T Levels, A levels, or a study programme that includes an alternative high-quality qualification that we are confident will help them to progress.

Separately, Applied General Qualifications (AGQs) are a subset of qualifications which are subject to our reforms. Published participation data from the end of 2021 shows that there were 268,000 16 to 18 year old students studying AGQs.

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