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New Level 1/2 Vocational Awards for teaching from September 2022


We’ve been working with teachers and other subject experts to review and update our suite of Key Stage 4 Vocational Awards, taking account of feedback received from you and addressing changes to Government and regulatory policy at the same time.


Why choose to deliver our new Level 1/2 Vocational Awards?


In developing our new suite, we’ve been careful to retain the elements of the qualifications that you’ve told us are important including:

We’ve also made changes to support learner achievement and progression including introducing mark-based non-examination assessments that are compensatory within and across units.


Level 1/2 Vocational Awards for teaching from September 2022:


We’ve submitted the following qualifications to DfE and Ofqual for consideration for the 2024 KS4 performance tables:

  • Vocational Award in Construction and the Built Environment (Technical Award)
  • Vocational Award in Engineering (Technical Award)
  • Vocational Award in Events (Technical Award)
  • Vocational Award in Health and Social Care (Technical Award)
  • Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering (Technical Award)
  • Vocational Award in ICT (Technical Award)
  • Vocational Award in Performing Arts (Technical Award)
  • Vocational Award in Retail Business (Technical Award)
  • Vocational Award in Sport and Coaching Principles (Technical Award)

We’re also redeveloping our suite of Global Business Communication qualifications in French, German and Spanish. Unfortunately, we are unable to submit these for consideration for the KS4 performance tables due to the current DfE policy of not approving non-GCSE qualifications in EBacc subjects.


Want to find out more?


We’re excited to share our developments with you and will be holding webinars in June 2021 to introduce the new qualifications. The webinars will be followed by subject specific events providing a more detailed look at each subject and the support available.


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