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  1. Key Skills, Curriculum 2000 & HE • Why do key skills? • How do key skills fit into Curriculum 2000? • What are the Curriculum 2000 Key Skills? • Admissions to Higher Education • Key Skills in Higher Education

  2. Why do key skills? Research shows evidence of improvement in students’ • motivation • progression • level of achievement • employability

  3. Why do key skills? Employers look for: • computer literacy • excellent interpersonal skills • team work skills • ability to learn and work independently • effective decision-makers and problem-solvers

  4. How do KS fit into Curriculum 2000? • Following Dearing Report, KS ‘decoupled’ from GNVQs: now free-standing • Aimed at students on academic, vocational and mixed A/AS programmes • KS Qualifications exist at 5 levels: first 3 are levels most likely to be used in schools/colleges

  5. What’s in a level?

  6. What are the QCA Key Skills? Six key skills. Main three are • Communication • Application of Number • Information Technology Wider key skills are: • Working with others • Improving own learning and performance • Problem solving

  7. Where are the details? • Specifications and guidance documents are available at www.qca.org.uk • Three main awarding bodies are OCR, EdExcel and AQA: see • www.ocr.org.uk • www.edexcel.org.uk • www.aqa.org.uk

  8. Admissions to Higher Education • New ‘points score’ tariff system from UCAS • Gives a numerical value to the new qualifications, including KS Awards • Details available at www.ucas.co.uk/new/press/tariff.pdf

  9. Key Skills in HE • QAA requires key transferable skills to be clearly stated in programme specifications • Teaching, learning and assessment methods should enable skills to be developed and assessed • Ongoing research into key skills appropriate for HE programmes

  10. One Key Skills model for HE • Management of self • Management of others • Management of information • Management of task From Bennett, Dunne and Carre (2000:31) Skills Development in HR and Employment Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press, Buckingham

  11. Developing Key Skills in HE Strategies include: • diagnostic assessments • highlighting KS in Programme Specifications • ‘mapping’ KS into study units • developing eLearning packages

  12. Developing Key Skills in HE • discipline-specific core units which emphasise key transferable skills • discrete, interdisciplinary KS units, sometimes using eLearning • reviewing assessment methods • using student Personal Development Planning files (QAA requirement) for self-evaluation and target-setting