It was a real pleasure to speak to students from Exeter College this morning about the benefits of BTECs and other vocational qualifications.
The Department for Education is proposing to withdraw funding from BTECs and other qualifications known as ‘Applied General Qualifications’ that supposedly overlap with A Levels (which Exeter College also offer) and the new proposed T Levels, a vocational qualification available from September 2020.
This proposed measure would render unavailable a popular educational qualification currently chosen by many young people. These are more technical and professional in nature than A-Levels and focused on broad career areas.
Exeter College was graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted at its last inspection report. FE Week placed Exeter College as the best college in the country in its annual league tables in 2016 and 2017.
Thank you to John Laramy and his team for inviting me, and to the students who shared their experiences of studying at Exeter College.