The Diploma is a new qualification for young people aged 14-19, designed by employers for employers to provide school and college students with a better preparation for work. The Diploma combines theoretical study with practical experience and has been designed to instil the employability skills that employers most value.

The Diploma will ultimately cover 17 subjects;

Diploma area first teaching September 2008

  • 1) Construction and the Built Environment, 2) Creative and Media, 3) Engineering, 4) Information Technology, 5) Society, Health and Development

September 2009

  • 6) Business Administration and Finance, 7) Environmental and Land-based Studies, 8) Hair and Beauty Studies, 9) Hospitality,
    Manufacturing and Product Design

September 2010

  • 11) Public Services, 12) Retail Business, 13) Sport and Active Leisure, 14) Travel and Tourism

September 2011

  • 15) Humanities, 16) Languages, 17) Science

The Diploma is a qualification in three parts:

  • A foundation of generic learning, common to all Diplomas, covering the English, maths and ICT skills necessary to operate effectively in the workplace, an extended project that demonstrates depth of learning and a minimum of ten days work experience closely linked to the curriculum. All successful Diploma students will have to demonstrate personal learning and thinking skills such as team work, creative thinking, independent enquiry and self-management.
  • Most Diploma students will spend the greatest part of their time in principal learning which relates to the specific subject (eg, Engineering or Hospitality) covering sector-related skills and knowledge and involving employers to combine work-related learning with academic theory. At least 50% of the principal learning must be work-related ie, applying knowledge and skills through tasks, problems and situations that are related to work in a specific sector or subject area.
  • And then additional and specialist learning where the young person can genuinely personalise their learning by choosing from the existing menu of GSCEs or A levels or from skill-based qualifications, such as BTECs, allowing them to progress into higher education or work.
  • EBPs are well placed to source and manage the work experience element