DfE announces Technical Baccalaureate


The Department for Education (DfE) have today launched the new Technical Baccalaureate (TechBacc), which aims to raise the status of post-16 vocational education. Skills Minister Matthew Hancock has described it as "rigorous and challenging" and says it will put 16-19 vocational study on a par with A-Levels. The TechBacc will not be a qualification in itself, but will instead provide evidence of employer-friendly skills. It will consist of three elements:

  • a high-quality Level 3 vocational qualification 
  • a Level 3 “core maths” qualification, including AS level maths. 
  • the extended project. This will develop and test students’ skills in extended writing, communication, research, and self-discipline and self-motivation.
DfE Press Release