Further Education is making an important contribution to the
learning of languages 16-19, offering a range of language learning
opportunities linked to specific vocational areas as well as
courses in GCSE, AS and A level. In terms of vocational languages,
FE has a wealth of experience which can be shared with schools who
are now increasingly offering a range of alternative language
courses. In particular, FE can play an important role in developing
languages for the new Diplomas.
Diplomas are the new qualifications for 14 to 19 year olds which
herald the biggest change to the 14 to 19 curriculum for many
years. Sitting alongside GCSEs and A levels, they offer young
people the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills within an
applied, sector-focused context.
In addition to the occupationally-related Diplomas, there will now
also be a stand-alone Diploma in Languages and
International Communication which will be ready for delivery in
2011.This new qualification aims to attract the specialist language
learner as well as those learners who see language as useful
additional skill to any future work or study. It will be an
innovative qualification which will apply languages to a range of
interesting contexts such as interpreting and translation, the
creative arts and the workplace.
Work-related language courses are being taught increasingly
widely in schools, as they have been in FE for many years. They
offer an alternative and motivating experience for language
For further information please visit 14-19 within the Secondary section.