Technical Award qualifications

Our new suite of practical, vocational qualifications will be available to 14-16 year olds to take alongside GCSEs. First teaching will be in September 2017.

We are developing Technical Awards to equip learners with the practical, transferable skills and core knowledge they need to progress to further general or vocational study, including level 3 qualifications, employment or apprenticeships. We’ve worked with teachers, employers and industry to help give young learners the best possible introduction to their chosen vocational area(s).

When approved by the Department for Education each Technical Award will be equivalent to a GCSE qualification and count towards performance tables. They will then be included in Progress 8 as a part of the non-Ebacc open group of subjects.

See our Technical Award Companion guide.

The qualifications are:

Children's Learning and Development

Fashion and Textiles

Food and Catering

Health and Social Care


Materials Technology

Performing Arts


Visual Communication


Support and resources

We are offering a series of free support events throughout the autumn term, and a full set of resources to be made available early in 2017.

Technical Awards – Introducing our new, practical qualifications to inspire and engage 14-16 year olds.

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