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Vocational GCSEs. Briefing for Senior Managers Autumn 2001. The Government’s Agenda to raise achievement to support progression to create a balance between academic and vocational study to provide choices for young people to raise the value of vocational education

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vocational gcses

Vocational GCSEs

Briefing for Senior Managers

Autumn 2001

the ks4 curriculum
The Government’s Agenda

to raise achievement

to support progression

to create a balance between academic and vocational study

to provide choices for young people

to raise the value of vocational education

to add to the skills market

The KS4 Curriculum
changes at ks4
Vocational education will be a key feature of KS4 curriculum

Vocational GCSEs to be introduced September 2002

Part One GNVQ not expected to be available after September 2001

Citizenship Studies to be introduced

Changes at KS4
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Rationale

to widen participation in vocationally related learning pre-16

to open up new progression routes

to raise achievement

Vocational GCSE
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Timescale

Development between January and December 2001

Centres to have specifications in January 2002

Teaching to commence in September 2002

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Equivalence

Equivalent to 2 GCSEs

‘Double award’

Corresponding curriculum time

Awarded 2 x A* - G grades

Vocational GCSE
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Art & Design

Business

Engineering

Health & Social Care

ICT

Leisure and Tourism

Manufacturing

Science

Vocational GCSE (Double Award)
vocational gcses and national curriculum
ICT meets IT requirements

Manufacturing and Engineering meet D&T requirements

Science can be offered as an alternative to GCSE Science*

* not in Wales or NI at KS4

Vocational GCSEs and National Curriculum
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Structure

Unit based award

3 units

designed as a two year programme

can be offered as a one year programme from 2003

Vocational GCSE
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Unit Content

has a vocational focus

has progression to other vocational courses including BTEC Nationals and Vocational A Levels

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Unit Structure

about this unit

what you need to learn

assessment grid - internal

essential information for teachers

Key Skills mapping

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Assessment

internal and external assessment

internal = portfolio for 2 units

external = text for 1 unit

each unit will have one form of assessment

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Internal Assessment

assessment objectives- qualification focus- unit focus

generic assessment criteria

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Assessment objectives -

specify what the students need to be able to do

AO1 show knowledge and understanding

AO2 application of knowledge

AO3 investigate, analyse, evaluate

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Assessment

internal assessment must have rigorous internal standardisation

internally assessed units will be externally moderated

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Internal assessment focus

Science allows for appropriate activities depending on locality

Art & Design allows students options such as 3D, Graphic Design, Photography

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Moderation

applied to internally assessed and internally standardised units

at the end of the programme

remote sample of completed work

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External Assessment

will be available in June series

students may resit tests once

external assessment contributes one-third to the final grade

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Externally Assessed units

Science has tiered papers

Art & Design is likely to have preparatory work followed by an assessment

Manufacturing and Engineering have a common unit

ICT is computer-based

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Final Award

Outcome reported A* - G (or U)

Overall grade recorded twice on the certificate A*A* to GG

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Support

specifications on the web

draft assessment material late Autumn 2001

posters, flyers

subject specific student-guides

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Key Skills

opportunities for developing and generating Key Skills evidence are identified in the specifications

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Summary

Vocational focus

Unit based - 3 specified units

8 subjects

Internal and external assessment

Equivalent to 2 GCSEs

Graded A* - G reported as A*A* - GG

Vehicle for Key Skills

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issues for centres 1
Curriculum Models

what’s best for your students?

disapplication

alternatives for D&T, ICT

options

Issues for Centres - 1
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Good practice

teaching and learning styles

experiential

active

teacher facilitated

vocationally relevant

group and individual activities

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Good Practice

links with employers/industry advisory groups

blocked timetabling to allow for extended activities

review and evaluation

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new gcses in vocational subjects
New GCSEs in vocational subjects

= definite

= unresolved

support for the vocational pathway from 14
Learning and Skills Development Agency - Increased Flexibility Support Programme

regional launch conferences for new GCSE

subject seminars for new GCSE

subject support materials for new GCSE

networks to support work-related learning and new GCSE

development programme for placement co-ordinators in schools and colleges

in-house consultancy and training - and helpline

Support for the vocational pathway from 14
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DfES funding for up to 40 000 part-time placements for 14-16 year olds in FE colleges and with training providers - 2002-2004

placements to support learning for new GCSEs and for wider work-related learning

local consortia - no bidding, criteria/targets for consortia to meet

information to schools, colleges, FE, LEA and relevant partnerships and agencies this week

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