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Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for the future of BTEC qualifications. (229025)

In our 14-19 Qualifications Strategy we set out our criteria for public funding. We will in future direct funding to one of the four national routes: GCSE/A level; Diplomas; Apprenticeship and FLT.

BTECs are currently available within Diplomas; Apprenticeships and FLT and will therefore continue to be eligible for public funding. We have stated our intention to reduce the number of qualifications taken as standalones including the BTEC. There will be a gradual and managed transition to the new 14-19 offer as the national suites become widely available, with the primary consideration being meeting the needs of learners.

This will not impact on the availability of standalone vocational qualifications for adults.