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Universities' 'tepid' response to vocational diplomas
Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Less than 40 per cent of universities would welcome a vocational diploma as an alternative to A-levels, a survey has claimed.
The ACS International Schools study has shown that just 38 per cent of admissions officers saw the vocational diploma as a 'good alternative' and 88 per cent of respondents favoured the International Baccalaureate.
Although seven in ten officers believed that a wider range of qualifications would be good, the majority thought that the introduction of the diplomas could create a 'two-tier system'.
According to the BBC, a Department for Children, Schools and Families spokesperson defended the Diploma. The spokesperson said: "We have been working with employers and universities in designing the diplomas to offer choice and opportunity and to ensure they meet the needs of both employers and learners."
The diplomas could be implemented alongside A-levels and would give students the opportunity to learn a combination of academic and vocational skills.