Technical Award qualifications

Technical Awards are practical, vocational qualifications available to 14–16 year olds to take alongside GCSEs.

Technical Awards are designed 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).

Technical Awards are equivalent to a GCSE qualification and count towards performance tables for 2019. They are included in Progress 8 as part of the non-Ebacc open group of subjects.

We will not be offering our Technical Award Performing Arts after summer 2023. The last exams for students taking the current qualification will be in the summer 2023 series, which will also be the final resit opportunity.

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