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Introduce a UCAS-style portal for technical education

Last updated: 04:00pm 13 January 2019

We will introduce a UCAS-style portal for technical education.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.53

Our verdict

This policy is part of the government’s effort to reform technical, skills-based education. The broad plan includes the introduction of new qualifications and the establishment of new institutes of technology, as well as a focus on improving funding, provision and facilities at existing further education colleges.

Currently, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the most comprehensive source of “support for young people making choices after their GCSEs, or those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses”. It does have some helpful information about technical qualifications, such as BTECs, and apprenticeships, but this policy pledge is a promise to establish something similar to the UCAS portal, and specifically for technical education.

According to the government’s timetable, the institutes of technology offering the new qualifications will be offered from 2019. The UCAS-style portal will be required to guide young people through the admissions process. For now, there’s no sign of the portal so this pledge is ‘not started’, but if the government stick to their timetable, we would expect it to be ‘in progress’ soon and ‘done’ in time for the roll-out of the new qualifications. Follow this policy to stay up to date.

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