Participants also study towards an GNVQ
level two in retail.
Another fact that has allowed Birmingham to boost its results for children in their final year of compulsory education has been a growing trend of putting pupils through the GNVQ
Pupils can do a GNVQ
in a variety of subjects, such as ICT or technology, and it is then counted as four GCSEs.
The 2002 chief examiner's report on Edexcel's GNVQ
in intermediate information and communication technology said: 'In some (schools and colleges) teachers either did not sign the authentication statement for all candidates or submitted an authentication statement with a photocopied signature.
Mr Malcolm, 43, of Benton, Newcastle, let his GNVQ
engineering class home early one Friday and claims he is the victim of a vendetta by college bosses.
Under a point system approved by exam watchdog the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, a full GNVQ
at intermediate level is equal to four GCSEs, while a part one level GNVQ
equates to two GCSEs.
In 2003 she enrolled on a GNVQ
course in health and social care at Coleg Glan Hafren and later enrolled on an access to nursing course.
Fostering Network's Kate Lewis said: "While it is great there has been improvement, it is disappointing that almost two-fifths who could take GCSE or GNVQ
exams did not take them.
Volunteering has meant that Darren is now able to study for his GNVQ
in administration and is keen to progress to study at Level Three.
People were finding it easy to obtain the Level 3 GNVQ
but then couldn't go any further.
At the age of 16, he enrolled at South Tyneside College to study a GNVQ
in art and design.
COLLEGE will help you progress on the career path of your choice, says Mark Hobbins, who started a GNVQ
in business at Solihull College two years ago.