ERIC Number: ED394051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: N/A
Comparing Content in Selected GCE A Levels and Advanced GNVQs.
Holding, Gordon; And Others
FEDA Bulletin, v1 n8 May 1996
In an action research project, four British further education colleges compared mandatory units of three Advanced General National Vocational Qualifications (GNVQs)--business, art and design, and health and social care--with related General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-level) syllabuses. Activities included a detailed comparison of content, recording of the general attributes or characteristics of each qualification, and consideration of the implications of the comparison, including the potential for shared teaching and learning resources and/or the creation or design of common assignments, activities, or modules of learning. Findings indicated that about half the content of the Advanced GNVQ in art and design overlapped significantly with GCE A-level syllabi, demonstrating potential for some co-teaching, sharing of resources, and perhaps a "Y" model, in which students begin with learning modules common to both GNVQs and GCEs and decide later which to pursue. Some overlap was found between all the GNVQ business mandatory units and GCE A-level business studies syllabi and some, though less, overlap with GCE A-level economics. Overlap between the Advanced GNVQ in health and social care and GCE A-levels in sociology, human biology, and psychology was small, although there were high levels of overlap between a few units and these GCE A-levels. (YLB)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Art Education, Business Education, Commercial Art, Comparative Analysis, Design, Educational Certificates, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Postsecondary Education, Shared Resources and Services, Standards, Student Certification, Technical Institutes
Further Education Development Agency, Citadel Place, Tinworth Street, London SE11 5EH, England, United Kingdom (3.50 pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).