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Introduction

Recent conversation about curriculum development has mostly been about the place of the constituent parts detailed here. However, I believe there must be further analysis the philosophy and reason behind each part determine the place and proportion of each of these parts to make a whole curriculum. There is a truism that 'the sum of the parts does not make a whole'. This further analysis must lead to a wider conversation about the 'moral purpose' of the education process and is a must in determining the balance ond purpose of the whole. Not for this page but should be considered in constructing the whole

There is no doubt of the potential for flexibility and adaption in the methodology of delivery. However, there are some factors that we need to consider in developing a curriculum. We need to ensure that the structure and position of each element is not driven alone by teacher expertese or preference. We must, as curriculum managers and leaders, also see that the wider intrinsic need for individual, social, local, national, moral and economic objectives to be considered.

Course opportunities

For the purposes of drafting a balanced curriculum I am presenting the choices in terms of the sector in which they fall. This is reflected in the Ofqual register, the Post 16 Qualification Success rate analysis and in the valid qualification lists pubished in 2014 for the accountability tables. Its is also a helpful way to determine an institutions strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The highlighted areas indicate sector qualifications that are considered too vocationally focussed for pre-16 study, the others link to qualifications all eligible for pre-16 study with details and resources to support their introduction.

The courses listed will be organised in the format GCSE and non-GCSE. 

Sector​ ​

​ ​Skills Area

Sector Skills Councils​ and linked bodies

1

Health, Public Services and Care

1.1

Medicine and Dentistry

Skills for Health www.skillsforhealth.org.uk

 

Skills for Care and Developmentwww.skillsforcareanddevelopment.org.uk

Social Care, Children, Early Years and Young People’s Workforces in the UK.

1.2

Nursing and Subjects and Vocations Allied to Medicine

1.3

Health and Social Care

1.4

Public Services

1.5

Child Development and Well Being

2

Science and Mathematics

2.1

Science

STEM www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/

Cogent www.cogent-ssc.com

Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Nuclear, Oil and Gas, Petroleum and Polymer Industries

2.2

Mathematics and Statistics

​NCETM www.ncetm.org.uk

National Centre for Excellence in the Teacching of Mathematics

3

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care

3.1

Agriculture

​LANTRA www.lantra.co.uk

Land Management and Production, Animal Health and Welfare and Environmental Industries ​

3.2

Horticulture and Forestry

3.3

Animal Care and Veterinary Science

3.4

Environmental Conservation

4

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

4.1

Engineering

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board
www.ecitb.org.uk

Engineering

SEMTA​ www.semta.org.uk

​Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

4.2

Manufacturing Technologies

4.3

Transportation Operations and Maintenance

Skills for Logistics ​www.skillsforlogistics.org

Freight Logistics and Wholesaling Industry

5

Construction, Planning and the Built Environment

5.1

Architecture

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists www.ciat.org.uk

The Royal Institute of Bristish Architects www.architecture.com 

5.2

Building and Construction

Construction Skills www.cskills.org

SUMMIT Skills www.summitskills.org.uk

5.3

Urban, Rural and Regional Planning

 

6

Information and Communication Technology

6.1

ICT Practitioners

e-skillsUK www.e-skills.com

Software, Internet and Web, IT Services, Telecommunications and Business Change 

6.2

ICT for Users

7

Retail and Commercial Enterprise

7.1

Retailing and Wholesaling

Retail Motor Industry  www.theimi.org.uk

Skillsmart Retail www.skillsmartretail.com

7.2

Warehousing and Distribution

7.3

Service Enterprises

 

7.4

Hospitality and Catering

​Improve www.improveltd.co.uk

Food and Drink Manufacturing and Associated Supply Chains

8

Leisure, Travel and Tourism

8.1

Sport, Leisure and Recreation

​Sport Active www.skillsactive.com

Sport, Fitness, Outdoors, Playwork, Caravans and Hair and Beauty

8.2

Travel and Tourism

​​People 1st www.people1st.co.uk

Hospitality, Leisure, Passenger Transport, Travel and Tourism

9

Arts, Media and Publishing

9.1

Performing Arts

Creative and Cultural Skills www.ccskills.org.uk

Craft, Cultural Heritage, Design, Literature, Music, Performing, and Visual Arts.

9.2

Crafts, Creative Arts and Design

9.3

Media and Communication

​Creative Skills set www.creativeskillset.org

TV, Film, Radio, Interactive Media, Animation, Computer Games, Facilities, Photo Imaging, Publishing, Advertising and Fashion and Textiles.

9.4

Publishing and Information Services

​Proskills www.proskills.co.uk

Printing, mineral extraction and processing, health and safety and process and manufacturing of furniture, glass, ceramics, coatings and paper.

10

History, Philosophy and Theology

10.1

History

10.2

Archaeology and Archaeological Sciences

10.3

Philosophy

10.4

Theology and Religious Studies

11

Social Sciences

11.1

Geography

11.2

Sociology and Social Policy

11.3

Politics

11.4

Economics

11.5

Anthropology

12

Languages, Literature and Culture

12.1

Languages, Literature and Culture of the British Isles

12.2

Other Languages, Literature and Culture

12.3

Linguistics

13

Education and Training

13.1

Teaching and Lecturing

13.2

Direct Learning Support

14

Preparation for Life and Work

14.1

Foundations for Learning and Life

14.2

Preparation for Work

15 ​

Business, Administration and Law ​

15.1

Accounting and Finance

Financial Skills Partnership www.financialskillspartnership.org.uk

Finance, Accountancy and Financial Services.

15.2

Administration

​​skillscfa www.skillscfa.org

Business and administration, customer service, enterprise and business support, human resources and recruitment, industrial relations, leadership and management, marketing and sales.

15.3

Business Management

15.4

Marketing and Sales

15.5

Law and Legal Services

Skills for Justice www.skillsforjustice.com

Community Justice, Courts Services, Custodial Care, Fire and Rescue, Forensic Science, Policing and Law Enforcement and Prosecution Services

16

​Facilities Management

16.1​

The Building Futures Group www.assetskills.org

(Formally Asset Skills) Facilities Management, Housing, Property, Cleaning and Parking

17

​Security

17.1​

Skills for Security www.skillsforsecurity.org.uk

18

​Energy and Utilities

18.1​

Energy and Utility Skills www.euskills.co.uk

​Gas, Power, Waste Management and Water Industries.