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A programme of study involving the collaboration of two or more institutions, which forms a ‘link’ in order to provide full coverage of the curriculum. These courses may represent collaboration between a college of further education and a university, where the student attends some classes in each institution or the teaching is shared between the two. More usually the link course is one run collaboratively between a secondary school and a further education college for the benefit of pupils who wish to include an element of vocational study into their Key Stage 4 curriculum. Since the publication of the 2005 White Paper 14–19 Education and Skills, this has become a more widely accepted practice. In colleges such pupils are sometimes referred to as ‘link students’. See also 14–19 agenda.

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