During this uncertain time, we continue to work closely with our regulators to ensure that we are able to support you in the most appropriate and effective way. As always we are committed to keeping you updated and assure you of our continued support.

Statement from Qfqual on vocational and technical qualifications in 2020

As always we work closely with the regulators to ensure we are able to support you in the most appropriate and effective way. We will continue to keep you updated, in the meantime should you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact us in the usual way.

We recognise learners on vocational and technical courses urgently need reassurance about how their qualifications will be assessed and awarded in the coming weeks and months. We are working as quickly as possible to develop an approach which enables learners to get the qualifications they deserve and that they need to progress.

For the wide range of vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) used for progression and taken in schools, colleges and training providers, we are considering how similar arrangements to those set out for GCSEs, AS and A levels could be applied. Some form of teacher calculated grade, or other form of estimation based on assessment that has already taken place, will be possible in many cases. For other qualifications, it might be more appropriate to adapt the assessment or delivery arrangements so that everyone can have confidence in the outcome. And for some qualifications that signify occupational competence or award a licence to practise in safety-critical industries, assessment might need to be delayed in order to ensure public safety and meet the needs of employers.

There are many different types of qualification, awarding organisations, learner groups and assessment approaches, so the landscape is complex and it is clear that one size will not fit all circumstances.

We are working urgently with the Department for Education, awarding organisations, other regulators and the wider sector to develop and publish a clear approach for the different categories of VTQs in the coming days.

Should you require any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at info@eta-gms.com or call 01257676457