University Alliance responds to Higher Technical Education Review consultation 

University Alliance has responded to the governments proposed reforms to higher technical education in England.

The proposals are intended to ensure current and future higher technical qualifications are high quality and relevant to employers, ideally enhancing their prestige and popularity with students.

The government’s vision is that, in the future, Level 4 and 5 qualifications will need to be approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) as meeting employer-led occupational standards. They will then receive a kite mark (or some form of official recognition) if they are delivered by providers who meet new technical ongoing registration conditions set by the Office for Students (OfS). Students undertaking these recognised higher technical qualifications will be eligible for the same tuition fee support, teaching grant and equivalent maintenance support as level 6 qualifications. Although proposals on funding incentives are dependent on the outcomes of the Post-18 Funding Review.


University Alliance members are some of the largest providers of HTQs in England and Wales. Three of our members are also partners in new Institutes of Technology.

Key points from our response:

You can read our full response here.


To discuss our response, please contact Ellie Russell, Deputy Head of Policy

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