The Department of Education (DoE) announce a consultation on The Advanced British Standard. Over the next decade, DoE are seeking to introduce the Advanced British Standard (ABS), a new Baccalaureate-style qualification framework for 16-19 year-olds.

The ABS will:

Bring together technical and academic routes into a single framework, taking the best of A levels and T Levels

Increase the number of taught hours for all students

Require students to study maths and English to the age of 18

Offer greater breadth, increasing the average number of subjects students take post 16, with students able to choose a combination of bigger and smaller subjects, called ‘majors’ and ‘minors’

Have a clear offer for all students

The consultation contains policy proposals to support the aims above. The Consultation closes on 20th March 2024.