Review of post-16 qualifications at level 2 and below in England

Closed 27 Apr 2022

Opened 2 Mar 2022


We're seeking views on proposals to reform technical and academic qualifications at level 2 and below, excluding GCSEs, Functional Skills Qualifications and Essential Digital Skills Qualifications. 

We discovered the Consultation Document and Impact Assessment were based on an incorrect cohort of 16-19 year olds. The revised versions of these documents are updated versions with corrected figures. This does not change the conclusions drawn. The originals are published for transparency purposes. 

Why your views matter

This consultation follows the call for evidence on level 2 and below study and qualifications published on 10 November 2020.

The post-16 review aims to create a streamlined qualifications landscape with clear choices for young people and adults, and to ensure that every qualification approved for public funding has a distinct purpose, is high quality, and supports students to progress to positive outcomes.

This consultation seeks views on the proposed groups of qualifications that should receive public funding at level 2 and below.


  • All


  • Work based training
  • Community learning
  • Lifelong learning