High school students now have a credible alternative to an academic matric exemption. Thanks to approval by Higher Education South Africa (HESA), a student can now achieve a foreign exemption by completing a BTEC National Diploma and English Language International GCSE level (A-C). With only 26.6% of the 2012 matriculants achieving a university exemption, this will be welcomed news for school-leavers wanting to pursue a vocational route.
A BTEC National Diploma is a practical, work related qualification that equips a student with the skills required within a specific work function. These diplomas are available across most industries, from Business to Hospitality, Art and Design to IT, Tourism and Sport.
Meanwhile the International GCSE English Language is part of a suite of International GCSE qualifications available in South Africa. It enables students to develop their understanding of the spoken word and the capacity to participate effectively in a variety of speaking and listening activities. Edexcel, the UK’s leading and largest awarding body awards both the BTEC and English qualifications.
Commenting on the exciting new development for South African students, Jonathan McGill, Regional Director for Edexcel Southern Africa, says, “The traditional academic route simply isn’t for everyone and nowadays, thanks to evolved career requirements, the tide has really turned for vocational studies. More and more people are recognising the added benefits of choosing qualifications that actually prepare you for the workplace.”
He adds, “So having access to more opportunities for achieving vocational career success is incredibly good news for South Africa’s youth. We are delighted with HESA’s decision.”
Once a student completes a BTEC National Diploma and English Language qualification (grading A-C), they will achieve a South African foreign matric exemption, as well as an international Edexcel qualification, in addition to gaining the skills necessary to find a job.
Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding body offering the joint currencies of academic and vocational qualifications in the UK and across 112 countries worldwide including Southern Africa. Edexcel works alongside schools, colleges and employers to offer innovative and inspiring training solutions – solutions that give people an edge in the jobs market. These qualifications include GNVQs, NVQs, international GCSE, A/S and A levels, and the suite of BTEC qualifications including the BTEC Higher National Certificate and Diploma.
Since starting 150 years ago, Edexcel, which is part of the Pearson Group, now has 5 400 centres in over 90 countries worldwide.
More about the BTEC National Diploma & English Language International GCSE:
The BTEC National Diploma is a UK Level 3 vocational Diploma, consisting of a minimum of 120 credits. There are BTEC National Diplomas available across most industries, from Business to Hospitality, Art and Design to IT, Tourism to Sport. The BTEC National Diploma is assessed practically, meaning that students complete assignments through the course of the qualification. The BTEC National Diploma equips students with work-related, technical skills, allowing them to gain the skills necessary to start working. The BTEC National Diplomas are registered on the Qualifications Credit Framework of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The International GCSE English Language is part of a suite of International GCSE qualifications offered by Edexcel. It enables students to develop their understanding of the spoken word and the capacity to participate effectively in a variety of speaking and listening activities. It develops the ability to read, understand and respond to material from a variety of sources, to recognise and appreciate themes and attitudes and the ways in which writers achieve their effects. It also develops the ability to construct and convey meaning in written language, matching style to audience and purpose. Students would need to achieve a grade A-C if they want to claim a foreign exemption together with a BTEC National Diploma.
For more information visit www.edexcel.com/southernafrica
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