ERIC Number: ED392954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing GCE A-Level Programmes.
This document, which is based on the findings of a study of 10 further education (FE) colleges throughout the United Kingdom, is intended to help FE colleges review and enhance their curriculum for 16- to 19-year-old students in General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-level (Advanced Level) courses. Discussed first are the following reasons for enhancing FE curricula: responding to technological advances, improving national standards, developing skills, adding a European dimension, recognizing the distinctiveness of students aged 16 to 19 as a group, and providing additional benefits for students. The next two sections describe selected enhancements identified at sixth-form colleges and general FE colleges and enhancement programs leading to non-A-level qualifications (including General National Vocational Qualifications, National Vocational Qualification units, and General Certificates of Secondary Education). Examined next are strategies for delivering the following types of enhancements: induction programs, tutorials, learning support facilities, and core skills provision. The remaining sections cover funding/costing enhancements, evaluation/review, obstacles to/opportunities for enhancement, and recommended enhancement and delivery strategies. Appendixes contain examples of published core skills; sources of external and accreditation enhancement schemes; lists of audit, evaluation, and review questions to evaluate curricula offered to full-time FE students; and acknowledgements. (MN)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Curriculum Evaluation, Delivery Systems, Foreign Countries, Orientation, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Technical Institutes, Tutorial Programs, Vocational Education
Further Education Development Agency, Citadel Place, Tinworth Street, London SE11 5EH, England, United Kingdom (3.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers: General Certificate of Education; National Vocational Qualifications (England); United Kingdom