McDonald’s has won approval to offer courses which could form part of a qualification at the standard of A-levels or advanced Diplomas.
The fast-food giant, airline Flybe and Network Rail are the first firms to be approved to offer the Level 3 courses.
It means students could combine units from in-house courses with others to obtain the new Diplomas, which combine practical and theoretical learning.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said this did not mean standards would fall.
Promises, promises …
Last week, four out of 10 university admissions tutors in a group of leading universities said they would not accept students who had taken the new Diplomas which are being introduced next autumn.
For an explanation of the British educational system, see Wikipedia
(h/t Siggy, who just posted the ultimate shopping list)