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THE DIPLOMA HELEN GEORGE LEAD PRACTITIONER BUSINESS AND FINANCE CURRICULUM MANAGER OF BUSINESS AND TOURISM What is a Diploma? A new qualification for 14-19 year olds Bridging the gap between academic and vocational qualifications

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the diploma

THE DIPLOMA

HELEN GEORGE

LEAD PRACTITIONER BUSINESS AND FINANCE

CURRICULUM MANAGER OF BUSINESS AND TOURISM

what is a diploma
What is a Diploma?
  • A new qualification for 14-19 year olds
  • Bridging the gap between academic and vocational qualifications
  • Main difference – the way students learn ‘applied learning’
  • Practical work, problem solving, projects, work experience, developing life skills for the future etc
3 different levels
3 Different Levels
  • Foundation Diploma = 5 GCSE’s D-G (1 Year)
  • Higher Diploma = 7 GCSE’s A*-C
  • (1 Year)
  • Advanced Diploma = 3 ½ A Levels
  • (2 Years)
key components of a diploma
Key Components of a Diploma
  • Principal Learning – Main part related to the subject
  • Generic Learning – functional skills, work experience, extended project
  • Additional or Specialist learning
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
  • Each individual area attracts SCAAT/UCAS points
why study a diploma
Why Study a Diploma
  • The Diploma has been designed to prepare students for work and further study
  • Life skills such as teamwork, problem solving, creative thinking, as well as Maths, English and ICT skills
  • Work placement – experience the world of work
  • Project (research and analytical skills)
how is it graded
How is it graded?
  • Final grade calculated by combining the Principal Learning and the Project
  • To achieve the Diploma students will need to pass all the required components
  • Students will receive a transcript showing all the qualifications which make up the Diploma
doing a diploma is different because students will
Doing a Diploma is Different because students will…
  • Learn in new ways and other places
  • Develop life skills which will prepare them for the work and future careers
  • Have the opportunity to apply learning to real life situations
  • Experience the work of work in a particular area of interest
  • Work with employers
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The Diploma has been designed by employers, schools, colleges and universities
  • Therefore the qualification is valued by all of them
  • Accepted at universities as an acceptable entry qualification
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