Jonathan Owen

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

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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.

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