Universities divided on accepting new T levels
Higher education institutions say more evidence is required that those who take the qualifications will be prepared for academic study, while some have already rejected them. Jonathan Owen reports
They are the technical qualifications that will produce a generation of skilled workers, transforming Britain’s economic prospects in the process, in what the government claims is a world-class alternative to traditional academic qualifications. The new T levels currently being developed will, or so the theory goes, have the same status as A levels.
But the reality is different. While the Department for Education insists that the new technical qualifications will be “on a par” with their academic equivalents, some of Britain’s best universities have already rejected them out of hand.