Tech-level qualifications

We’ve worked with employers and professional bodies to design our Technical Level (Tech-level) qualifications in response to government reform. Our qualifications support learners’ career choices and progression to higher education. They’re designed to help fill workplace skills gaps that employers have highlighted.

To help learners develop a wider range of skills, we’ve contextualised essential transferable skills – such as teamwork and communication – so that our qualifications go one step further in preparing learners for employment.

All Technical Level qualifications form part of the government’s Technical Baccalaureate measure for 16- to 19-year-olds. To find out more about our Tech-level offering, see our introduction to Level 3 technical and vocational qualifications brochure

Exams officers should refer to our guide to managing Tech-level qualifications.

DfE 16 to 19 performance tables and UCAS tariff points

Our Tech-level qualifications are included in the performance tables for technical and vocational qualifications aimed at students aged 16 to 19, as published by the Department for Education (DfE). They attract UCAS tariff points

They support 16-18 study programmes, providing a real alternative to A-levels and other vocational qualifications, and supporting progression to higher education and higher apprenticeship.

View UCAS Qualification Information Profiles (QIPs) for our Tech-levels

Level 3 specifications

Free introductory events

We run free online and face-to-face events to introduce you to the subject content and assessment of our technical and vocational qualifications.

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Level 3 specifications for first teaching from September 2015