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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

Local Universities' Response to Diplomas Sheffield Hallam University

Phil Bloor

Admissions – Service Manager

18 March 2008

sheffield hallam university welcomes diplomas
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

how is this reflected in practice
How is this reflected in Practice?
  • Engagement in Diploma development
  • Planning for progression of Diploma students to Sheffield Hallam University
diploma development
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
sheffield hallam university current involvement
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
sheffield hallam university current involvement6
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
promoting diplomas
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
progression national position
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
progression to sheffield hallam university
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
current priorities
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
advice to prospective applicants
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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