Last reviewed 17 November 2020

Following a consultation on the principles that should guide its review of post-16 qualifications (see “Review of post-16 qualifications in England at level 3 and below”), the DfE has issued a call for evidence on study and qualifications at level 2 and below for students aged 16 and above.

The DfE said: “We want to improve study at level 2 and below … ensuring that students have clear and coherent pathways to good outcomes. Before we set out detailed proposals, we want to know more about what is working and what more level 2 study needs to do to support all students.”

Full details of the latest consultation can be found at and the deadline for submitting comments is 31 January 2021.

The DfE explains that it wants to know more about what is working well together with what more can be done to support students studying at level 2 and below.

“This is a key part of our further education landscape that is too often undervalued and its importance should not be ignored,” the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills and Apprenticeships, Gillian Keegan, said. “It supports a large number of young people and adults to access higher levels of study, unlock employment opportunities, prepare for adulthood or re-engage in education, and secure English, maths and digital skills.”

The consultation also examines support for students with special education needs, learning difficulties or disabilities at level 2 and below.