Bomb-spotting exam

4th April 2008 at 01:00
Soldiers will gain the equivalent of GCSEs in battlefield language skills after the Ministry of Defence won approval to become an official exam board. The first GCSE-level course will be in "survival French", covering skills such as translating signs warning of unexploded bombs and interviewing witnesses after attacks. It will be the equivalent to a D grade at GCSE. The ministry is included in the second wave of employers to achieve qualification awarding body status from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

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