At last – the Network Rail ‘A’ Level arrives

The government has come up with a sure fire winner for students this time.

Here is the A level you may not have to study for when it is snowing, or when the leaves are in fall.

Here is the A level you can take your time over at Christmas and the New Year.

Will it come in the heavily subsidised and in the much delayed versions?

You should be able to borrow to pay for it, and not have to put your loan on your personal balance sheet.

It sends the right signals and may even engineer you on the right track.

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4 Comments

  1. Letters From A Tory
    Posted January 28, 2008 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Sounds good to me. If your qualification fails, someone will financially support you for the rest of your life.
    http://lettersfromatory.wordpress.com

  2. Cliff
    Posted January 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    These are further examples of the general dumbing down of education in our country. This is so that the less academically able do not feel left out as we wouldn't want to hurt their feelings now would we? What PC Labour fail to realise, is that if everyone can achieve an A levels irrespective of their abilities, then the A level is worthless. We have already started to see the results of the general trend to dumb down A levels, many companies and universities will require a candidate to sit an entrance exam rather than relying on a fistful of A*s.

    My own personal favourite is the A Level in burger joint management being offered by a leading burger chain. I would be burger flipping lovin' it to be offered this worthwhile qualification!!

    I wonder if I could have gained entry to Oxbridge or a red brick university with an A level (sic) in burger flippin' or train cancellation excuses, these must set me up to pursue a degree in something like astro physics, jurisprudence or even philosophy.

  3. Man in a Shed
    Posted January 28, 2008 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    The government has finally lost the plot. They have no idea what the difference between training and education is.

    Next we'll hear you can get to University with a 'A' level in bar tending from Wetherspoon's.

  4. mikestallard
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    I was there, in 1999 when the A level and GCSE were dumbed down. We actually had "Sharon" (who she?) explaining the (cooked) RE marking system to us. We actually had the Head of Classics, when she said she didn't understand the marking system herself, pushed aside by a musician to explain it to us. I actually watched the anger on the face of the Head of History when his subject was deliberately ruined by QCA.

    Then – to make it look fair – my best student got a C when all her coursework was 99% – and returned marked before she sat the exam.

    It stinks.

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