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About Specialised Diplomas

How is the Diploma structured?

How is the Diploma structured?

Diplomas have a simple structure, to provide a clear pathway to employment and further learning opportunities, whilst also allowing for changes in direction, making the switch to a standard GCSE or A level programme, and specialising to varying degrees.

The Diploma will be available at Levels 1, 2 and 3:

  • Level 1 Diploma is comparable, in terms of average length of study, to a programme of four to five GCSEs
  • Level 2 Diploma is comparable, in terms of average length of study, to a programme of five to six GCSEs
  • Level 3 Diploma is comparable, in terms of average length of study, to a programme of three GCE A levels. We are also developing a Level 3 award which is broadly comparable in size to two A levels.

How will Diplomas be delivered?

Once they have been developed, Diplomas will be delivered through local partnerships of schools, colleges and employers, allowing young people to be taught by people with relevant and up to date skills, in an appropriate environment.

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