Government’s technical qualifications to count for Ucas points in bid to end ‘snobbery’

The Independent is reporting that learners who complete a T-level programme will be allocated the same amount of Ucas points as students who do three A-levels to help progression into higher education, the government has said.

It comes after a number of top universities said they planned to reject the government’s technical qualifications – which are intended to have an equal status to A-levels.

In a keynote speech to business leaders today, education secretary Damian Hinds will call on Britain to drop its “snobby” attitude to technical education or risk being left behind after Brexit.

Mr Hinds will say: “I don’t see any reason why higher technical training shouldn’t be open to certain A-level students as long as they have the prerequisite knowledge and practical skill. Equally, I want T-level students, that want to, to be able to go to university to do relevant technical degrees.”

Mr Hinds will announce the next seven T-level courses to be taught from 2021, which will include programmes in health, science, construction, and digital services.

Speaking at an event in London this morning, Mr Hinds will add: “As a nation I’m afraid we’ve been technical education snobs. We’ve revered the academic but treated vocational as second class. When we do it well – law, engineering, medicine – then we don’t even call it vocational.

“Why has this has been tolerated for so long? I think the reason is the “OPC” problem. For so many opinion formers, commentators and, yes, politicians: vocational courses are for ‘other people’s children’.”

Helen Thorne, Ucas’ director of external relations, added:  “It’s important to remember that not all universities use tariff points in their entry requirements and offers, so we encourage students to check the Ucas website and with universities directly about the qualifications they accept.”

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