From the people who brought you McJobs, Mc A-Levels:
McDonald’s has won approval to offer courses which could form part of an A-level standard qualification.
The fast-food giant, airline FlyBe and Network Rail are the first three firms to be approved to offer courses equal to units of the new diplomas. It means students could combine units from in-house courses with others to obtain the government’s flagship new vocational and academic qualification.
Ministers are keen to involve business in attempts to boost workforce skills. It follows concerns raised by business leaders that schools, colleges and even universities are failing to equip youngsters for the world of work. But critics complain that the diplomas they see as the answer to the issue are not sufficiently academically rigorous.
Personally I think there should be an A level in Erotica Studies, which would involve watching porn and wanking over it, and maybe creating a porn movie or website; I’m sure this would be every bit as worthwhile and academically rigorous as the new “diplomas” the government is introducing.
Incidently if you want to know how good these diplomas are, consider what university admissions officers think of them:
Just last week, four out of 10 university admissions tutors said they would not accept students who had taken the new diplomas which are being introduced next autumn.