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The Specialised Diploma: The IT Line of Learning 5 th June 2006 DIPLOMA DEVELOPMENT Purpose of the Diploma Enabling students to be successful in learning and in working life The individual Motivation to learn Fulfilment of potential The employer The nation Economic prosperity

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purpose of the diploma
Purpose of the Diploma

Enabling students to be successful in learning and in working life

The individual

  • Motivation to learn
  • Fulfilment of potential

The employer

The nation

  • Economic prosperity
  • Social cohesion
  • Business competitiveness
  • Productivity
diploma objectives
Diploma objectives
  • Provide a world-class learning experience for young people, through a blend of general education and applied learning within a coherent and motivating programme;
  • Develop young people who, when they enter employment, have the essential skills and capabilities which meet employer needs;
  • Aid effective transition from schools or college to further education or higher education and to adult and working life.
what matters to employers
What matters to employers
  • Business competitiveness in the knowledge economy:
    • Increasing needs for higher-level skills
    • Adaptable workforce managing constant change
  • The capability of the individual:
    • Boost communications (english!) and numeracy
    • Develop higher order cognitive thinking and reflection
    • Build the foundations for lifelong learning
  • A world-class qualification:
    • Synoptic approach – addressing employer and HE needs
    • Ensure preferred route for Higher Education
    • Maintain currency and employer engagement
why diplomas are different
Why diplomas are different
  • Effective partnerships
    • Employers, Higher Education, QCA, DfES, Awarding Bodies
    • Specifications being developed in partnership
  • Quality of content
    • Based on extensive research and understanding of the future
    • Integration of general education and applied learning (knowledge, understanding and competence)
    • Independent research
    • Critical analysis
  • Holistic
    • Synoptic approach
    • Extended project
    • Clear progression routes, with advice and guidance
a multi purpose qualification
A multi-purpose qualification
  • Flexibility to meet the needs of:
    • Students with the capability of progressing to any university of their choice
    • Students who are not currently progressing to university but who have the talent to do so
    • Students who want a valued qualification to improve their employability at 18

- Options, progression routes, advice & guidance

the it line of learning
The IT line of learning
  • Purpose: to help equip all students with the capability to thrive in the e-economy
    • Future IT workforce
    • Future business managers and leaders
    • All individuals


Oct 2005

June 2006

Sept 2007

Sept 2008

Design Diploma


Develop qualifications


Prepare for delivery


First teaching

diploma stage 1
Diploma Stage 1

Input from Employer Steering Group

Work-related learning requirements

Employer Needs Definition

New content requirements

Input from UK employer survey (632)

Higher Education requirements

Structure, balance of content and progression

Learning Outcomes

Diploma specification

Ongoing consultation


The Partnership

Employer Steering Group

Diploma Development Partnership

Awarding Body Group

Education network

Project Team

Wider consultation


Employer views

Current issues:

“You don’t know what you are getting – what can a person can actually do.”

“I don’t understand the qualifications structure.”

“Standards are not high enough, especially in English.”

“Need more focus on building and assessing competence.”

The Diploma must…

“Seize the opportunity for clarity and simplicity.”

“Be the preferred route for employers and universities, and exciting for students.”

“Set a clear standard so employers know what a person can do – must reflect

achievement and employability.”

“Be business / IT, not just technical IT, and create well rounded students.”

“Include meaningful work-related experience.”

“Be properly supported by employers – we need to contribute more.”

e skills uk role
e-skills UK role….
  • Unite all key stakeholders to make sure this is successful
  • Bring together consolidated voice of employers for IT
  • Define learning objectives and Diploma specification
  • Engage employers to support development and implementation
  • Liaise with other Diploma Development teams
  • Overall responsibility for IT line of learning

Stage 1 – defining things!





Employer skills needs

HE entry requirements

Diploma structure & balance

Rel 1

Learning outcomes

Rel 1

Work-related experience

Rel 1

Current qualifications gap analysis & new content specification

Assessing delivery implications

Diploma spec complete

the it line of learning15
The IT line of learning
  • Principal learning – develop knowledge, understanding and
  • skills relevant to a broad economic sector.
  • Generic Learning – all Diploma students cover common
  • generic skills which are relevant to successful learning and
  • future employment.
  • Additional/Specialist Learning – allow learners to tailor their
  • Programme according to their interests and aspirations
  • Business
  • People
  • Technology




How businesses work

Realising the potential of technology

Business communications and

professional development

Creating technology solutions

Supporting technology systems

Core technology skills: programming / data analysis / security




maturing diploma personal development skills



Personal (self management, thinking, learning)

Problem solving


IT Skills

Maturing Diploma Personal Development Skills

(personal portfolio development)

e.g. Communication – writing

business letter writing > short business summary report > detail business analysis report

proposed high level outcomes level 3
Proposed High-level Outcomes – Level 3
  • Understanding the fundamentals of how organisations operate and appreciate key factors underpinning business performance.
  • Evaluate the contribution of technology in the global business environment.
  • Design and develop software solutions that deliver identified business benefits.
proposed high level outcomes level 320
Proposed High-level Outcomes – Level 3
  • Manage small-scale system operations, including change management, security and technical problem solving.
  • Communicate effectively in the business environment, including utilising sophisticated English and Maths to create business proposals and project plans.
  • Demonstrate inter-personal skills including team working, self-management, critical analysis, creative thinking and reflective learning.
  • Input on Learning Outcomes
  • Critical Success Factors