Yhnell, E, Wood, H, Baker, M.D, Amici-Dargan, S, Taylor, C, Randerson, P and Shore, A (2016) 'The impact of attaining the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma on academic performance in bioscience higher education.' International Journal of Science Education, 38 (1). pp. 156-169. ISSN 0950-0693
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Since the introduction of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma Qualification (WBQ) in 2003, an increasing number of students are applying to higher education institutions (HEIs) with this qualification. The advanced-level WBQ is regarded as equivalent to one General Certificate of Education A-Level (GCE A-Level). This study assesses the impact of attaining the WBQ in addition to three GCE A-Levels on overall university degree performance in comparison to attaining four GCE A-Levels, in three cohorts of undergraduate students (Year 1 = 318, Year 2 = 280, Year 3 = 236) studying Biosciences from 2005 to 2011 at a UK HEI. Binary logistic regression was used to compare the academic attainment of students who had achieved four GCE A-Levels to those who had achieved three GCE A-Levels in addition to the WBQ. Comparisons were also made between students who had achieved three GCE A-Levels and those who had achieved three GCE A-Levels in addition to the WBQ. The results suggest that students who achieved the WBQ qualification in its current form, in addition to three GCE A-Levels, performed less well academically in undergraduate studies than those who achieved four GCE A-Levels. Furthermore, this effect was still present when the balance between coursework and examination was considered, and when students who had achieved the WBQ in addition to three GCE A-Levels were compared to students who had achieved three GCE A-Levels.
|Keywords:||Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ), higher education (HE), entry-level qualification, GCE A-Level, admissions, universities and colleges admissions service (UCAS), widening participation, achievement, binary logistic regression|
|Subjects:||L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
|Divisions:||College of Liberal Arts|
|Date Deposited:||21 Feb 2017 11:03|
|Last Modified:||21 Feb 2017 11:03|
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