Ten performing arts BTecs are to be discontinued from 2020 as part of a government “crackdown on poor-quality post-16 qualifications”.
They are among 160 qualifications to have their government funding cut from next year.
The scrapped courses have all been labelled as “duplicates” because they overlap with newer qualifications.
Education secretary Damian Hinds has also announced that no new qualifications at level 3 or under will be approved for funding from 2020 to “avoid adding to the already confusing and complicated system of over 12,000 qualifications already available at these levels”.
The move follows the first part of a two-stage government consultation reviewing qualifications at level 3 and below.
Of the performing arts qualifications, four were run by Pearson and six by OCR.
Hinds said: “We want young people to be confident that whatever option they choose after their GCSEs will be high quality, valued by employers and will lead to a good, well-paid job.
“This is at the heart of everything we are doing to reform technical and vocational education in this country.”
He added: “The current system is confusing and complicated, with more than 12,000 qualifications available at level 3 and below. We are reviewing qualifications to boost the quality of the options out there so more students and parents will trust them.”
A spokeswoman for Pearson said: “We are proud of the important contribution that BTecs make to career-focused education to help one million learners in the UK progress each year.
“We are big supporters of the move to reform qualifications to ensure consistently better standards and progression. We will continue to engage with the Department for Education and Ofqual to ensure that the criteria they apply are in the best interests of learners.
“Only our older, pre-existing qualifications will be removed, where it has been identified by the DfE that we have a newer qualification available. We continue to have a full suite of fully funded creative qualifications available at level 3.”
OCR performing arts and drama subject advisor, Marie Bessant, said: “This is about the phasing out of older versions of some vocational qualifications, including our level 3 2012 Cambridge Technical Performing Arts qualifications.
“To reassure teachers, OCR offers five newer Performing Arts Cambridge Technicals with similar content and improved pathways to multiple performing arts [careers]. We developed these in 2016 as direct alternatives to our 2012 range and they aren’t affected by funding changes.
“Funding in England for our 2012 qualifications will continue for students beginning their study before August 2020.”