CFOS/FTE/Exercise 8.1

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Establishing Equivalency with Full-Time Students in Conventional Education

EXERCISE 8.1 – Provision of Courses/Subjects/Modules

The Dublin Open School provides courses for (amongst others) adults who did not complete their Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC).

Since most of these ODL learners are studying on a part-time basis, the institution relies on subject enrolments in order to establish full-time equivalency with learners in schools. Full-time students in schools must take nine subjects per year for three years before they are allowed to sit for the JSC examination.

  • Calculate FTE student numbers for the Open School based on provision of courses/subjects using the data in the table below.
Junior Secondary Certificate Students at Dublin Open School and Conventional Schools
2003 2004 2005
Dublin Open School
TSODL Total Student Numbers (JSC Course) 6,131 6,529 6,637
TSEODL Total Subject Enrolments 15,972 16,660 17,258
TESEODL Total Examination Subject Entries 13,112 14,023 14,962
TESPODL Total Examination Subject Passes 9,788 10,544 11,989
Junior Secondary Schools
TSFT Total Student Numbers (Grade 10) 32,804 33,013 32,751
TSFT-1 Total Student Numbers (Grade 9) 34,122
TSFT-2 Total Student Numbers (Grade 8) 35,418
ASEFT Average Subject Enrolments per Year 9 9 9
YFT Number of Years at this Level/Phase 3 3 3
TESEFT Total Examination Subject Entries 286,226 291,147 283,951
TESPFT Total Examination Subject Passes 254,741 262,039 258,963

The EQUATION: you should use is as follows:



FTEPC = FTE Measure A: Provision of Courses
TSEODL = Total Subject/Course Enrolments by ODL students
ASEFT = Average Subject/Course Enrolments by Full-Time students
YFT = Number of Years Full-Time students must study before sitting exam

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