Solihull Sixth Form College: Curriculum Rings in Changes

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The new curriculum for all Advanced level students in the country - Curriculum 2000 - is a major change to studies for 16-year-olds.

We all have a lot of questions about it; here are some of the answers.

Why?

The Government aims to provide studies that are broader, more flexible and allow students to combine academic and vocational qualifications, allowing British youngsters to become more competitive in the increasingly global labour market.

What are the differences for A-Level studies?

There will be three main changes for a student beginning A-level studies in September.

First, they will have a wider programme, with a minimum of four subjects.

Second, they will have a chance to branch out into other areas by combining GNVQ awards with their A-Levels.

And third, they will be getting extra qualifications at the end of their first year when they take the AS (Advanced Subsidiary) exams.

How about Advanced GNVQ studies?

There are changes to GNVQ too from September, which will make it easier for students to make up the study programme that suits them best - perhaps a combination of subjects or a combination of A- levels and GNVQ.

The new GNVQ is a streamlined, less complicated assessment system.

At Solihull Sixth Form College we have already introduced these new GNVQ courses, so we have experience in what they are like and how to get really good results.

And just as now, GNVQ students will be able to go on to university.

How many subjects will students do?

The short answer is that all students on the Standard Advanced Programme (A-levels or a combination of GNVQ and A-levels) will do more than now.

Up to now, most students have done three subjects at A-level, or one Full Award GNVQ Advanced course. …