DfE has published a Post-16 courses database: operational guide

A guide to putting course information on a national database available to potential students.


We are writing to ensure that you are aware of a new expectation from the DfE on providers of education and training for 16 to 19 year olds.  There is now an expectation for data on all full-time funded courses to be uploaded to a national course database which will be accessible to young people through the National Careers Service website. DfE have taken this initiative in the context of the revised statutory guidance on careers.

DfE have now published the operational guide explaining the expectation to provide 16-19 course data. The timeline is for course data to be uploaded between June and September this year and the database to be complete by the end of September.

We would like to highlight the part of the operational guide which refers to local information portals already in existence, such as the UCAS Progress website. As you may or not be aware that UCAS progress Search & Apply was launched back in 2012 and is currently being used in Bradford by young people aged 16 and under to access courses, apprenticeships and training programmes and are able to apply these online.


Our expectation at this stage is that because most of you already upload your provider and course details to UCAS Progress, we will be able to ensure that you do not need to repeat this process separately for DfE as UCAS will export it to the DfE’s database on you behalf each time a refresh is required.


Can all providers wanting to take up this offer please confirm via return email asap to Tahir Khan on tahir.khan@bradford.gov.uk.


Published: 17/04/2015
Audience: Heads of Post-16, Training / Appreticeship Providers, FE Colleges
Contact: Tahir khan

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