Originally known as the Advanced General National Vocational Qualification (GNVQ) and given its current title in 2002, this was a development which closely echoed the recommendation in the 1996 Dearing Review of Qualifications for 16–19‐Year‐Olds that GNVQs be renamed ‘Applied A Levels’. In both cases the rationale for the change of name was the need to establish greater parity of esteem with traditional A levels. The Vocational A level has a similar structure and assessment process to that of the modular General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level, and has a credit value of half the original Advanced GNVQ. Students, if they wish, may take a combination of Vocational and GCE A levels. The Vocational A levels are taught in both sixth forms and further education colleges and focus on general vocational areas such as business and art and design. Like GCE A levels, they may be used as a progression route into higher education.