Our Group Archivist Gillian explains the broad range of vocational qualifications we 'inherited' from the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).
When we joined with the RSA to form OCR we inherited a broad range of vocational qualifications.
A quick browse of the Guide to the Examinations for 1991 reveals not only a huge number of vocational qualifications on offer but an impressive
breadth of subjects. There were those that sound very dated to us now, such as Shorthand and Word Processing and those that we have long associated with the RSA legacy such as Book keeping, Languages and Office Administration qualifications
There were the highly practical qualifications in Road Freight Transport
, Manufacturing Practice, Travel Geography
and in Wholesaling and Warehousing; collaborative qualifications such as the Health Education Programme which was run in association with the Health Education Authority and several different types of Teaching Diplomas.
There were familiar subjects such as the enduring Certificate of Continuing Education and the not so familiar such as Communicative Use of English for the Hearing Impaired and, my favourite, French for Catering Students
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