That vocational business

1st December 1995 at 00:00
The article on GNVQ Business (TES, November 17) contained serious errors. It stated: "With more than 6,000 students, GNVQ Business is the most popular choice and accounts for half the candidates at Advanced level. But 24,000 are studying its A-level equivalent, outnumbering them by four to one".

The true situation in respect of GNVQ Advanced Business is rather different. 19,000 students started on this two-year programme in September 1993, and a further 29,000 started in September 1994. Thus in the last academic year some 48,000 students were following GNVQ Advanced Business courses, outnumbering their A-level equivalents by two to one. A further 23,000 students registered for GNVQ Intermediate Business in that year.

The Joint Council of National Vocational Awarding Bodies believes that there is a serious issue for resolution as to the style of assessment that best suits the outcomes aimed at by vocationally-related education. The debate on that topic however needs to be informed by a clear understanding of what provision is favoured by schools, colleges and their students.

MARTIN CROSS, Chairman Joint Council of National Vocational Awarding Bodies

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