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Local Universities' Response to Diplomas Sheffield Hallam University Phil Bloor Admissions – Service Manager 18 March 2008 Sheffield Hallam University Welcomes Diplomas Positive reception from SHU for diplomas

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Local Universities' Response to Diplomas Sheffield Hallam University

Phil Bloor

Admissions – Service Manager

18 March 2008


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Sheffield Hallam University Welcomes Diplomas

  • Positive reception from SHU for diplomas

  • ''Sheffield Hallam University expects the Diplomas to provide a valuable and different route into higher education, combining academic rigour with vocational practice.  They provide an alternative and attractive qualification.''

    Prof Philip Garrahan – Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic Development


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How is this reflected in Practice?

  • Engagement in Diploma development

  • Planning for progression of Diploma students to Sheffield Hallam University


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Diploma Development

  • SHU actively involved in development of diplomas including

    • Engineering

    • Construction and the Built Environment

    • Society, Health and Development

    • Creative and Media

    • ICT

  • 14-19 Diploma Strategy group in place to co-ordinate response to diplomas within the institution


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Sheffield Hallam UniversityCurrent Involvement

  • Working in partnership with Employers, Local Schools, Sheffield Council, Sheffield College and Sheffield Careers to develop the qualifications

  • Represented at national level on Diploma Development Partnerships

  • Working with consortia to map the curriculum at level 3 to aid progression to our courses


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Sheffield Hallam UniversityCurrent Involvement

  • Hosting an event in June for the Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority WP group focusing on the Diploma.

  • Holding a special meeting of our Health and Social Work College Partnership Group to share information/good practice with college partners

  • Discussing the possibility of 1 day per week of teaching for the Engineering Diploma

  • Already involved in interviewing prospective students for the Engineering Diploma


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Promoting Diplomas

  • Externally

    • Recently held open evenings for local students and parents involving employers and other partners to promote both the Construction and Built Environment Diplomas and Engineering Diplomas

  • Internally

    • Holding conference of admissions tutor for Health, Social Work, Education and Criminology and Law to begin to familiarise Admissions Tutors with the Diploma curriculum


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Progression – National Position

  • UCAS Tariff

    • Diplomas have now been included within the Tariff

    • Maximum points assigned

      • PGL – approx 2.5 A levels – 300 points

      • ASL – approx 1 A level – 120 points

    • Points for other grades to be confirmed but on the same basis as A level programmes

  • Institutions publishing general statements

  • Institutions developing entry requirements for specific courses


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Progression to Sheffield Hallam University

  • Advanced Diplomas will be accepted on the same basis as other level 3 qualifications within the UCAS Tariff

  • Suitability of some individual courses will depend on the subject content of the Advanced Diploma studied

  • Where subject content of a level 3 Diploma is appropriate applicants will receive offers at same Tariff level as applicants studying A levels and BTEC qualifications


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Current Priorities

  • Mapping the content of individual diplomas to the current course entry requirements to identify progression routes

  • Considering the Literacy and Numeracy content of Diplomas, particularly in relation to courses with external entry requirements e.g. education


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Advice To Prospective Applicants

  • We would encourage potential applicants to consider studying Diplomas if they wish to progress to Sheffield Hallam University

  • We would advise them to seek confirmation that the Diploma they wish to study is suitable for the course they intend to progress to


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