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Published 18th August 2010, 1:43pm

In September, 2010, the Ministry of Education will launch its new mandatory Year 12 Further Education Programme for the government education system. This new programme is part of a large-scale initiative undertaken by the Ministry this past year, to restructure the government's secondary education system. The new programme will offer a range of new educational choices for students who have completed their CXC/GCSE examinations. "This is an innovative programme that will provide a much needed bridge to further education or the world of work, with a mix of programmes that will cater to students of all abilities. It is an important milestone for our education system," Minister of Education, the Hon Rolston Anglin stated. "It also represents the culmination of a lot of hard work by staff from schools and the Ministry and Department of Education Services, and we owe them our thanks," he said. As preparations are being finalised, the Department of Education Services is advising all students and parents of some important dates and information. Collection of Examination Results All high school students entering the new Year 12 programme should collect their exam results at the Clifton Hunter (formerly George Hicks) school hall, on Monday or Tuesday, 30 or 31st August, 2010, beginning at 9:00 am each day. Placement in the various programmes available to students will depend on examination results. Once students have collected their results they will have the opportunity to meet with school counsellors and administrative staff in the hall to determine their Year 12 programme options. Important Dates

  • Orientation for students in the AP programme: Wednesday, 1 September, 3:00 -5:30 p.m., in the Clifton Hunter (formerly George Hicks) school hall.
  • Orientation for students in the Foundation Studies and VoCat Programmes: Thursday 2 September, 2010, 3:00 -5:30 p.m., in the Clifton Hunter (formerly George Hicks) school hall.
  • Official start of school for all Yr 12 students: 6 September, at 8:20 a.m.
Programmes on Offer Under the New Year 12 Further Education Programme, there are three programme options available:
  • the Vocational, Career and Technical (VoCaT) Programme;
  • the Advanced Placement International Diploma programme for academically successful students; and
  • the Foundation Studies Programme, which offers students a second chance at exam success in key subjects.
Qualified students may also choose to undertake dual-entry studies through partnerships between the Further Education Centre and external providers. These partnerships offer students the option to begin their A-levels or study towards an Associate's Degree. Technical and Vocational Courses on Offer The VoCaT courses offered are: creative media production, motor vehicle repair, business, information technology, sport and leisure, hospitality, and an exciting new medical technician programme developed in partnership with the Health Services Authority. Students in the VoCaT programme will also be able to participate in the Foundation Studies programme to improve their academic qualifications in core areas. Functional literacy and numeracy programmes will also be available for students who need that support. The Advanced Placement (AP) Programme Advanced Placement (AP) courses will allow students to prepare for university entry while studying for the AP International Diploma. Entry to the AP course of study will require a minimum of five higher passes at grades A/B or I/II at the GCSE/CXC level, including English and mathematics. The internationally respected AP qualifications provide college credit and advanced placement at American universities. They are also recognized in the UK and around the world. Until further notice inquiries should be directed to the Department of Education Services on 945-1199, extension 1837.