T levels 'need to be awarded Ucas points'

The Department for Education (DfE) should start work to integrate T levels with the college and university admissions infrastructure, Federation of Awarding Bodies says

George Ryan

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T levels need to be allocated Ucas points, the body representing technical awarding organisations has said.

The Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), which represents professional and technical awarding organisations, said in its response to the government’s technical qualification consultation that the DfE should work to build profiles for each T level.

A Qualification Information Profile (QIP) for each T level could be accessed through university admissions body Ucas to aid higher education institutions’ admissions staff in offering places to T-level learners to access degree courses.

Easing learners into degree courses

In their response, FAB stated: “Having Ucas points assigned to T levels will ease the progression of learners into degree courses.”

Exclusive Tes analysis showed many of the UK’s top universities have said they plan to reject applicants with T levels and over half of Russell Group universities are undecided about whether to accept the new technical qualification or not.

Imperial College London and University College London have both said they will not accept T levels, with a spokesman for Imperial saying: “We need to ensure that students are academically able to cope with the rigours of an Imperial degree and we do not believe that T levels provide a suitable preparation for students.”

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