ERIC Number: ED396102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Access to Accreditation.
FEDA Bulletin, v1 n11 Jun 1996
Concerns that students who have learning difficulties and disabilities (LDDs) and who are enrolled in further education (FE) colleges were being excluded from the basic entitlement to accreditation prompted a review of the system of 16-19 qualifications in 1995. It was recommended that England's national qualifications framework be revised and entry-level awards designed to offer progression to foundation level be offered. Since that recommendation, FE colleges have been scrambling to find alternatives to college certification for learners with LDDs, and a clear trend of FE colleges turning to open college networks (OCNs) has been noted. The increasing popularity of OCNs, which offer quality assurance for units of achievement devised by practitioners, arises from their relevance and flexibility. A wide range of accreditation options are now available or will be soon. The challenge of picking and mixing available options is to maintain curriculum coherence and ensure that progression routes are available. The move from college accreditation to external accreditation has generally been viewed positively, although there are concerns that some awards may not meet learners' needs and may distort the curriculum. (Appended are a table summarizing current accreditation options and a list of 13 Further Education Development Agency publications.) (MN)
Descriptors: Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Learning Disabilities, Postsecondary Education, Special Needs Students, Student Certification, Student Evaluation, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
Further Education Development Agency, Publications Dept., Mendip Centre, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, England, United Kingdom (3.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers: National Vocational Qualifications (England); Open College Networks (Great Britain)