Universities UK is supportive of the government’s reforms to technical education, but holds concerns over the extent to which T-levels will prepare students for higher education.
Other areas to consider include the consequences of further reform to level 3 qualifications, and how sufficient information, advice and guidance will be provided to students to allow them to make well-informed choices.
Our response highlights:
- the key role that applied general qualifications play in widening access to higher education
- best practice from universities who have extensive experience of supporting students with applied general qualifications to achieve good outcomes
- the importance of engagement with higher education admission professionals as T-levels develop to ensure possible progression routes are understood
- the crucial role that accurate and timely information, advice and guidance will play to ensure students make decisions about level 3 study based on their future career aspirations
- good practice from university collaboration with employers and local government structures to ensure they meet local skills needs