The new post-16 vocational landscape
The post-16 education landscape is changing, and from September 2025 it'll look significantly different to the current one.
Following its review of post-16 qualifications and below, the Department for Education (DfE) confirmed its aim of developing a new streamlined qualifications system for students aged 16 and over. To enable this, post-16 level 3 vocational qualifications in England are currently undergoing major reform.
On this page we'll provide a summary of the reforms including what's happened so far and what it could mean for you and your post-16 vocational curriculum. We’ve created a timeline which explains the redevelopment process and shows the next steps and the estimated key dates.
Continue teaching Cambridge Technicals with confidence
You can continue teaching our current Cambridge Technicals Level 3 qualifications with confidence in 2023/24. Apart from the Level 3 Cambridge Technical (2016) Diploma in IT (720 GLH) and the Level 3 Cambridge Technical (2016) Extended Diploma in IT (1080 GLH), which are to be defunded in July 2024, our other Level 3 Cambridge Technicals are unaffected in 2024/25.
If there were to be a change to existing policies, for example, due to a change of government, this reform may be reviewed which could lead to a continuation of funding for current Level 3 qualifications.
Check out all the current last first teach dates for Level 3 Cambridge Technicals with our Level 3 Cambridge Technicals funding guide
We’ll update you as we know more about this and will continue to provide you with everything you might need as a result of these changes. Sign up for email updates to receive our newsletter and all the latest updates direct to your inbox.
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If you have any questions about post-16 reform and how it affects you or what it means for Cambridge Technicals you're currently teaching, our advisors are here to help. You can contact them on 01223 553998 or by email: email@example.com