Do Cambridge Nationals support progression to further studies at school or college, to higher education courses and to work-based learning?
Cambridge Nationals are vocationally-related qualifications that take an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. They are industry-relevant, geared to key sector requirements and popular with schools and colleges because they suit a broad range of learning styles and abilities. The present research set out to investigate the characteristics of the learners who were awarded Cambridge National qualifications in the academic years from 2006/07 to 2008/09 (e.g., age, prior attainment, socio-economic background and centre attended) and where they progressed on completion. The outcomes of this work showed that Cambridge Nationals enabled learners to progress in a variety of ways (to further studies at school or college, to work-based learning and to higher education) and therefore are an important contribution to the 14-19 curriculum.