No curriculum remodel planned for Hartlepool college

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COLLEGE bosses have no immediate plans to remodel its curriculum programme – despite the Government announcing a new qualification this week.

Government ministers say the new Technical Baccalaureate is on par with A-level study, but gives students an alternative.

The qualification, which will be introduced in September next year, is split into three elements, a Level 3 vocational qualification and a Level 3 core maths qualification which includes AS maths. It will also work to test and develop students’ skills in extended writing.

But leaders at Hartlepool College of Further Education say they will judge the qualification’s impact before they make a decision on whether to implement it.

A spokeswoman for the college, said: “The Technical Baccalaureate appears to be aligned closely with a curriculum review currently being implemented as a result of the Wolf report into vocational training.

“Programmes offered to 16-19-year-olds must have a substantial qualification such as A Levels or BTEC alongside numeracy and literacy qualifications such as GCSEs.

“We’ll naturally monitor closely which qualifications are currency for the Tech Bacc. But as our students follow a robust programme containing these elements anyway there will be no call to remodel the curriculum of the college as a result of this announcement.

“In time, if it helps raise the awareness of high quality vocational and applied routes into higher education or employment, which is closely aligned with employer need then the measure may have some longevity.”

Matthew Hancock, parliamentary under-secretary of state for further education, skills and lifelong learning, said he expects all “bright students” who want to go into technically skilled jobs or apprenticeships to aim for the new qualification.

Mr Hancock said: “The Tech Bacc will be a mark of achievement for young people who successfully study three key elements — a rigorous high-quality vocational course, maths and literacy.

“We are being clear to our young people about the skills they need to succeed and get good jobs.

“We want an education system in which everyone can reach their potential.

“Our reforms to post-16 qualifications, including the introduction of the new TechBacc will do that.”