New online vision2learn courses offer engaging vocational alternative to GCSEs


New engaging online courses provided by Vision2learn for schools (www.vision2learnforschools.com) from Creating Careers are set to offer a stimulating alternative for 14-19 year olds who have “switched off” from traditional education.


[UKPRwire, Tue May 15 2007] New engaging online courses provided by Vision2learn for schools (www.vision2learnforschools.com) from Creating Careers are set to offer a stimulating alternative for 14-19 year olds who have “switched off” from traditional education. Helping disengaged pupils to achieve recognised qualifications in preparation for working life and schools to significantly raise attainment levels, twenty vocational courses leading to nationally recognised qualifications are available. The courses span IT, work skills, health, fitness, sports coaching and wider key skills such as improving performance and working with others, from Levels 1 to 3. Creating Careers is a leading provider of online qualifications to over 60,000 UK learners.

Only 50% of 16 year olds leave school with five good GCSEs and one in 20 young people leave school with no qualifications*. With vision2learn schools can provide flexible and innovative qualifications, such as Web Entrepreneur to develop web design skills and Exploring Enterprise to prepare students for working life. Vision2learn is already used by 50 schools and LAs, enabling young people to take control and personalise their education, working in their own time and at their own pace, inside or outside of school hours.

The Leitch Review of Skills highlighted that the UK will need around 90% of people skilled with Level 2 qualifications by 2020 in order to compete in the global market. Vision2learn can offer pupils a route into further education, higher education or work as they gain valuable work-related skills and can achieve qualifications with GCSE equivalence points, recognised in school league tables.

As vision2learn delivers qualifications through a virtual learning environment (VLE), it can assist Local Authorities in provision for pupils who are unable to attend school, including excluded pupils. Billie Murram, a 17 year-old learner from south-west London, studied using vision2learn. She commented: “I was bullied at school and found I just couldn’t learn in a classroom environment. I didn’t tell anyone. I just made excuses for not attending. I had a home tutor for a while but this didn’t help me to sit any exams. Then I discovered vision2learn. It was great! I actually had work I could get on with, I didn’t have to wait for the next class, I could work my own hours and take my own breaks and I wasn’t alone either – my online tutor provided support along the way.”

Jonathan Ovenden, Business Development Director at Creating Careers, said: “Vision2learn for schools can help schools and LAs to engage pupils with a more practical and vocational approach to education. As the courses are online, pupils can carry on with their work at home in their own time. This is a great personalised learning experience allowing pupils to prepare themselves for the realities of the workplace.”

For more information about Vision2learn for schools, please contact Jonathan Ovenden at Creating Careers, Tel: 07730 402 653; email: jonathan@creatingcareers.com; website: www.vision2learnforschools.com
For press enquiries, please contact Claire Williamson at Livewire Public Relations, Tel: 020 8339 7440; Email: Claire.williamson@livewirepr.com; Website: www.livewirepr.com

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* DfES GCSE and Equivalent Examination results in England 2005/6 – Published 10 January 2007

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