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Rigid qualifications will deny many young people the chance to do T Levels

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    ‘Students without a GCSE grade 4 or above in English and maths could find themselves unable to take one of the first T levels, Tes can reveal.

    The majority of providers for 2020 will require students to have a grade 4 or above in English and maths to study a T level, according to an exclusive survey. If that were to be rolled out across the sector, it would mean that T levels would be off limits to tens of thousands of students each year. With uncertainty around the future of applied general qualifications at level 3 and below, students without that grade 4 could see their choices limited further in the future.’

    What are your views about the minimum entry requirements for T levels?

  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I thought that T levels were meant to be a reasonably challenging course . If so you need decent GCSEs.
    We do need appropriate courses for those who don't manage to get grade 4 at GCSE.
    Jamvic likes this.
  3. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    They are serious Technical courses aren’t they? And they offer serious Technical qualifications? Of course one needs to be at a decent level of numeracy at literacy.

    Obviously from a provider point of view, designing a course with a known entry level is much easier. Accepting all-sorts lowers the possibilities of course content and successful attainment.
    Jamvic likes this.
  4. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Have the providers actually been asked about whether they will consider exceptions to the rule? It's not at all unreasonable for them to set entry requirements - that's done for almost any course, in the interests of not taking people who won't cope with the course. But that doesn't mean they can't waive the requirements where a good case is made. The biggest problem, however, will presumably be the requirement that they continue to study English/maths if they haven't got level 4, which some providers may find difficult to deliver for an occasional student, in which case perhaps it is best to point the students at another option until they have got the level 4s.
    colpee and Jamvic like this.

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