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Higher education, Curriculum 2000 and the future reform of 14-19 qualifications in England

Hodgson, Ann and Spours, Ken and Waring, Martyn (2005) Higher education, Curriculum 2000 and the future reform of 14-19 qualifications in England. Oxford Review of Education, 31 (4). pp. 479-495. ISSN 0305-4985

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Abstract

This article, which is based on research funded by the Nuffield Foundation, examines the responses of higher education institutions (HEIs) to the recent reform of advanced level qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, known as Curriculum 2000. The research, undertaken in late 2002 and early 2003 following the ‘graduation’ of the first cohort of Curriculum 2000 learners, combined documentary analysis, use of national survey findings and interviews with a sample of university admissions tutors from new (post-1992) and old (pre-1992) universities in England. The research shows that HEIs were generally well-informed about most aspects of the advanced level reforms and, at the level of public statements, welcomed the possibility of a broader advanced level curriculum. However, this relatively positive approach was not reproduced in terms of offer-making to candidates: admissions tutors, particularly in the pre-1992 universities, continued to make offers largely on the basis of predicted grades in three main A Levels. We argue that the reason for this cautious approach by the HEIs was not simply a result of their traditional support for subject specialisation, but also stemmed from systemic problems related to the Curriculum 2000 qualifications, their voluntarism and their less than universal up-take by schools, colleges and learners. We conclude by looking briefly at the implications of these research findings for the future reform of 14-19 curriculum and qualifications in England.

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Additional Information: a. Higher education and the 16-19 curriculum b. Literature review, documentary analysis and interviews c. The first article on the relationship between the Curriculum 2000 reforms and higher education. d. Has been extensively cited by policymakers, including UCAS. e. Based on national survey findings, discussions with key policymakers, analysis of unviersity prospectuses and websites and in-depth interviews with admissions officers and managers from 13 HEIs. f. Internationally refereed journal g. 33% This is an electronic version of an article published in Hodgson, Ann and Spours, Ken and Waring, Martyn (2005) Higher education, Curriculum 2000 and the future reform of 14-19 qualifications in England. Oxford Review of Education, 31 (4). pp. 479-495. Oxford Review of Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/03054980500355369
Controlled Keywords: 17 - 18 , Higher education institution , Post-compulsory educational institution (not HE) , Qualifications , Examinations , Assessment , Higher/further education management , Public policy analysis
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Education and International Development
IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010 14:31
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:46
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/1555
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