The Vocational Qualification Gap

This September sees the introduction in the UK of a new qualification in science for the over-16 age group. The General National Vocational Qualifications (GNVQs) ate an attempt to provide a bridge between the current academic and vocational curriculum frameworks by providing general certification in a way that keeps the door open to direct employment. A- and AS-levels or the more specific and well established National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). The new qualifications were first proposed for introduction in England and Wales in the May 1991 Government White Paper Education and Training for the 21st Century. (The Scottish education system has

Higher Education’s Hindrance of Schools and Colleges.

How many of the problems currently being experienced in British education should be blamed on the institutions within the higher education sector? They, after all, exercise a major influence on setting the agenda for the various examining bodies. Does this top-down approach cause the great loss of potential students? Even as the implications of the demographic decline materialise many institutions admissions tutors still worship at the GCE A level altar, only accepting novitiates who have pursued a content-led course. A number of institutions still view non-standard entry gates with suspicion, especially prospective students with vocational qualifications, such as National Awards