The Department for Education publishes qualifications for 14-16 performance tables (England) 2016

Mon Dec 16 12:00:00 UTC 2013

The DfE has published the high quality non-GCSE qualifications to be included in the 2016 Schools and College Reporting Tables for 14-16 learners in England.

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For a 14- to 16-year-old learner’s achievements to be recognised in the 2016 school performance tables (England) they need to be studying qualifications on one of these lists (or a GCSE). This affects learners starting two-year courses in September 2014.

Wide recognition for BTEC

We are delighted to see 28 new Pearson BTEC qualifications on the list, taking the total number of BTEC and Edexcel qualifications approved for 2016 performance tables to 87. These include our new BTEC First Awards in Engineering for level 2 learners, developed in association with the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The fact that BTECs represent almost half of the approved high-quality non-GCSE qualifications is significant recognition of the quality and progression opportunities they offer today’s learners. What is even more pleasing is that BTEC has strong representation at both Level 1 and Level 2 on the List, thereby providing this progression for the widest range of learners, while enabling these achievements to be recognised in headline performance measures.

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2016 performance tables: List of approved 16-19 qualifications

The DfE also published today the first list of approved high-quality vocational qualifications for 16-19 year-olds that will be recognised in 2016 performance tables (England).

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