14-19 Reforms The four strands: Traditional Academic Qualifications – GCSE/ GCE Diplomas Apprenticeships Foundation Learning Tier Diplomas Principal Learning Additional and/or specialist learning Generic Learning Advanced Diploma
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The four strands:
Young people will be able to study qualifications that do not fall under these four routes where there is a clear rationale to maintain them in learners’ interests and some young people will study informal unaccredited provision to re-engage them.
Society, Health and Development
Creative and Media
Diploma first teaching timeline
Land-Based and Environmental
Hair and Beauty
Business Administration and Finance
Sport and Active Leisure
Travel and Tourism
(post 16 only)
Higher Education (HE) and employers feel that not all the skills necessary to be successful in HE and the workplace are being developed in the current education system.
The Diplomas are a way of bridging that gap by combining the best elements of academic and vocational qualifications. This produces a new way of learning that will better engage many students as they learn in the context of their area of interest.
HighDiploma - perceived outcome
Unlike A Levels and GCSEs, the content of the Diploma has been developed in conjunction with industry and HE. The worlds of business and higher education were engaged with on both a national and local level and were asked what skills were important to them. The Diploma will be the vehicle to deliver these.
Everyone! They are a new way of learning!
NOT a new standard of learning.
A new way
Taking the best elements and concepts from academic and vocational qualifications, the Diploma is a rigorous and demanding qualification. It is applied in the context of what happens in the real world of industry.
Components of a Diploma
This content is specific to the Diploma and is delivered through 4 themes.
Minimum 10 days – this does not need to be related to the creative and media industries.
Functional skills in English, maths and ICT are developed as well as the personal learning and thinking skills that employers and HE look for.
Allows individuals to plan and organise their own learning, demonstrating skills that HE say they require.
Additional & Specialist
Offers the opportunity to study a particular topic in more depth, or broaden studies to other areas. This could include an A Level.
RobustAcademically challenging in order to demonstrate ability.
Work-relatedTaught in an industry
context developing valuable and transferable skills.
FlexibleCreating individual learning experiences with the flexibility to add other qualifications, both inside and outside Diploma time..
&/ or Specialist
(may be GCSEs, A Levels, or vocational qualifications
within the Diploma)
- Principal Learning
- Generic Learning
- Work Experience
4½ A Levels
Extended Higher Diploma
Extended Foundation Diploma
A* - E
3½ A Levels
A* - E
2½ A Levels
A* - C
A* - C
A* - B
D - G
NOT a new standard
The Diploma is a combination of academic and practical learning taught in a project based system with industry employers.
Employers give real world briefs for learners to work on, ensuring the academic learning is experienced in a work-related context. This also develops teamwork and communication skills as learners work together on a brief.
Both teachers and industry employers are involved in teaching the creative process.
Level 1 / 2
Students who want a more work-related style of learning but don’t want to specialise in a specific area.
Students who want to develop their thinking skills within business led qualifications. Anyone who wants to move into HE and follow a course of study that values a strong broad sector specific base. Anyone who wants to gain employment with skills both desired and needed within today’s workplace.
Anyone who thinks a Diploma is easy!
The Diploma has been designed to be academically rigorous and to stretch and challenge students at all levels. It is definitely not purely a qualification for those at risk of disengagement.
If you want to move into a specific area of a known industry you might be better doing a specific vocational qualification, if these are available.
Alternatively, if you know what course you want to study at University and they are requesting specific entry requirements then you should check what they are.
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