ERIC Number: ED392959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing Modular A Levels.
This document, which is designed for curriculum managers at British further education (FE) colleges, presents basic information on the implementation and perceived benefits of the General Certificate of Education (GCE) modular A (Advanced) levels. The information was synthesized from a survey of 12 FE colleges that introduced the modular A levels in 1994-95 and from 37 individual subject returns. Presented first are a brief history of the modular A levels' development and list of key features of School Curriculum and Assessment Authority rules regarding them. Next, the perceived benefits of the new modular A levels for students and FE colleges and their drawbacks are listed. Special attention is paid to the greater flexibility that the modular A levels provide for student and program management and delivery and to the issue of whether the modular A levels are easier or more difficult than the previous A levels. Next, guidelines are presented to help A-level program teams select syllabuses and modules, plan programs, support students, and develop strategies for teaching the new modules. Considerations in developing models of good practice, increasing flexibility for learners, and understanding the objectives of A levels are discussed in a section directed at FE college curriculum managers. (MN)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Educational Benefits, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Learning Modules, Postsecondary Education, School Surveys, Technical Institutes, 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; United Kingdom