ERIC Number: ED407609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
GNVQs 1993-97. A National Survey Report. The Final Report of a Joint Project. The Evolution of GNVQs: Enrolment and Delivery Patterns and Their Policy Implications.
Nuffield Foundation, London (England).; Further Education Development Agency, London (England).; London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.
A 1993-97 study researched the evolution of Intermediate and Advanced General National Vocational Qualifications (GNVQs) in Britain. Data were collected from a nationally representative sample of 225 centers; 5,100 GNVQ students were surveyed individually. Findings indicated that, of the 5 original and 10 added GNVQ subjects, GNVQ programs were dominated by 4 of the original 5: Art & Design, Business, Health & Social Care, and Leisure & Tourism. GNVQs had become a major vehicle for direct competition between schools and colleges. Group sizes varied enormously among GNVQ centers. Students' rate of progress was extremely variable and associated with the institution they attended. GNVQ students at both Intermediate and Advanced level were overwhelmingly young and full time. GNVQ students evinced virtually no interest in combining their studies with National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). The dominant aspiration of Intermediate and Advanced GNVQ students was for further study. Completion rates for Intermediate and Advanced GNVQs were low. Over three-quarters of Intermediate GNVQ completers proceeded to further study. The majority of previous Intermediate and Advanced students were working in areas unrelated to their GNVQ subject. Overall, GNVQs had achieved some aims: they provided vocational programs and were an accepted route into higher education. They had not achieved the objective of equal standing with academic qualifications at the same level and were not clearly related to occupationally specific NVQs. (Appendixes include a 35-item bibliography and data charts.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Competence, Dropout Rate, Educational Certificates, Educational Research, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Student Attrition, Student Certification, Student Educational Objectives, Vocational Education, Withdrawal (Education)
Further Education Development Agency, Publications Dept., Mendip Centre, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, England, United Kingdom (12 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nuffield Foundation, London (England).; Further Education Development Agency, London (England).; London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.