Are the new courses be designed to be taught over two years or three years?
The qualifications are designed as a two year course. However, as the qualifications are unitised you are not limited to which series you enter students in apart from the requirement for the exam to be taken in the final series. If you offer a three year KS4 you can still do so but must be aware of the first assessment dates, see below.
Can we start delivering the redeveloped qualifications as a three-year course in September 2021?
The qualification is designed and regulated for first teaching September 2022 and the initial list of qualifications confirmed for the 2024 performance tables in England is due Autumn 2021. Final specifications and sample assessment material may not be available at the start of September 2021.
If you do decide to start delivering some of the content in September 2021, it is on the understanding that final specifications may not be available, and the content could be subject to change.
We teach our vocational courses over three years. Will we be allowed to enter our Year 9 students into the exam or will they have to wait until Year 10?
If you start the course in September 2021, the first opportunity to submit units for moderation is January 2023 (January of Year 10).
The first opportunity to sit the exam and certificate is January 2024 (January of Year 11)
In future years, you can enter students in any series (whilst observing the requirement for the exam to be taken in the final series - the final series does not have to be the end of Year 11).
If schools have a three year KS4 will you be providing schools with the resources to begin the qualification in September 2021? The textbook won't be available until a year into the course.
We will be releasing draft version of many of our resources as they are available, however final resources will not be available until Autumn 201 (once specifications are confirmed)
Textbooks, revision guides, teaching resource packs, from leading publishers, including Cambridge University Press and Hodder will be published from March 2022.
Is it feasible to run the course in two years? We have a two year key stage 4? How will this impact on learners
Yes, the qualifications are designed as a two year course.