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Using GNVQ core skills in a degree programme

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Examines the experience of final year students from the BA (Hons) hotel and catering business course who were conscripted for participation in a university-wide, local TEC-funded, pilot scheme. The aim of the pilot was to assess the feasibility of making a range of GNVQ core skills units available as "add-ons" to degree programmes. These units could then be accredited via a formal certificate of achievement. Active participation was high, while ultimate success was quite modest. The location of the pilot, in the final year, highlighted the tension between activities directed towards the achievement of academic credit and those facilitating personal skills development. Also of significance was the strong positive correlation of degree classification and GNVQ success.

Keywords: Core competences; Hospitality industry; Universities; Vocational training

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 1995-06-01

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