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South Africa: Alternative to Academic Matric to Open Doors for SA's Youth
Source: SA - the Good News
Source Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Mar 27, 2013

A BTEC National Diploma is a practical, work related qualification that equips a student with the skills required within a specific work function. These diplomas are available across most industries, from Business to Hospitality, Art and Design to IT, Tourism and Sport.
Meanwhile the International GCSE English Language is part of a suite of International GCSE qualifications available in South Africa. It enables students to develop their understanding of the spoken word and the capacity to participate effectively in a variety of speaking and listening activities. Edexcel, the UK’s leading and largest awarding body awards both the BTEC and English qualifications.
Commenting on the exciting new development for South African students, Jonathan McGill, Regional Director for Edexcel Southern Africa, says, “The traditional academic route simply isn’t for everyone and nowadays, thanks to evolved career requirements, the tide has really turned for vocational studies. More and more people are recognising the added benefits of choosing qualifications that actually prepare you for the workplace.”
He adds, “So having access to more opportunities for achieving vocational career success is incredibly good news for South Africa’s youth. We are delighted with HESA’s decision.”
Once a student completes a BTEC National Diploma and English Language qualification (grading A-C), they will achieve a South African foreign matric exemption, as well as an international Edexcel qualification, in addition to gaining the skills necessary to find a job.
Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding body offering the joint currencies of academic and vocational qualifications in the UK and across 112 countries worldwide including Southern Africa. Edexcel works alongside schools, colleges and employers to offer innovative and inspiring training solutions – solutions that give people an edge in the jobs market. These qualifications include GNVQs, NVQs, international GCSE, A/S and A levels, and the suite of BTEC qualifications including the BTEC Higher National Certificate and Diploma.
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