Get an A-level in burger flipping

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.

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4 Responses to Get an A-level in burger flipping

  1. Pingback: More on McA-levels « Amused Cynicism

  2. I’ll try again and remember to add the ‘/’ to the closing blockquote, shall I?

    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.

    Pointless comparison – the Army, not renowned as the home of the British intelligentsia, won’t take the existing General Studies A level, nor will UCAS count it. What, on the other hand, would a McDonalds, KFC or Starbucks franchisee think of it if they were looking for a new shift manager – even if you were doing it to supplement your student loan while you were doing your astrophysics / PP&E / computer science degree?

  3. cabalamat says:

    Surreptitious Evil: “the Army, not renowned as the home of the British intelligentsia, won’t take the existing General Studies A level”

    Good for them! Actually I disagree with your characterisation of the army — there’s a lot of clever and thoughtful people in it. There has to be, because armies fight wars, an intrinsically difficult and intelligence-requiring task because the enemy is also composed of devious cunning humans.

  4. Pingback: Get a degree in teaching creationism « Amused Cynicism

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