Decline in vocational continuesDate: 03.12.2018
Despite successive governments' attempts to increase uptake of vocational qualifications, it continues to decline.
The general decline in the number of certificates over the previous 12 month period may be caused by a tightening in the availability of funding. This is notable at Level 1/2 and Level 2 qualifications.
The decline in the number of certificates in Functional Skills is likely due to the changes in funding rules by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and revised guidance from DfE that post 16 students who have a grade D/grade 3 in English or mathematics must now be entered for GCSE resits in those subjects rather than Functional Skills.
The sector subject areas with a notable decrease in the number of certificates were Science and Mathematics, Languages, Literature and Culture, Preparation for Life and Work, Business, Administration and Law, Information and Communication Technology, Arts Media and Publishing and History, Philosophy and Theology. The decline in the number of certificates in Science and Mathematics is due to the drop in the number of certificates in a number of Level 1/2 and Level 2 qualifications compared to Q3 in 2017, most likely due to their removal from the performance tables.