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Diplomas Hamble Community Sports College – Year 9 Options

Informed choice – not persuasion!

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What is the Diploma?

The Diploma combines theoretical study with practical experience and develops skills highly valued by employers and universities. It is part of a national programme to provide young people with more options, to encourage them to continue learning for longer.

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What does this mean for you as a young person? 

The Diploma is a great new way of combining class work with hands on experience. It gives you a new choice of qualification that keeps your options open.

The Diploma will give you the knowledge and skills needed for college, university or work in an exciting, creative and enjoyable way.

A Diploma will help you make choices about career progression, whether the next step is college, university or employment.

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What does this mean for schools & colleges? 

Diplomas are for students of all abilities and aspirations who like to learn in a practical way.

Diplomas combine elements of academic * subjects and practical skills in a way that reflects modern industry practice (the work place) * Example – Geography in the Built Environment; maths and science in engineering

You will be based at Quilley or Eastleigh College for 1 day per week to cover the Principal Learning

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What does this mean for universities? 

If you go on to Level 3, the Diploma provides a challenging and highquality programme of learning as robust as 3.5 A levels.

The Diploma provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to do well at university.

The flexibility within the Diploma enables you to specify any particular additional/specialist learning options to be taken to reflect your entrance requirements for certain courses.

The nature of Diploma learning means that you will be self-motivated and have developed strong intellectual and personal skills, which will make the transition from school or college to university much easier. Bringing your learning to life

What does this mean for an employer?

The Diploma has been designed by employers for employers so that you are better prepared for work. It contains the content and skills identified by employers as essential preparation for work.

The introduction of the Diploma is likely to help reduce recruitment and staff turnover – you will make informed choices!

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What does it involve? An overview:

Principal Learning

Generic Learning

Skills, knowledge and understanding central to the chosen Diploma

Functional skills: English, Maths, ICT

At least 50% is practical

Personal, learning and thinking skills

Additional/ specialist learning Optional units Can broaden and deepen learning programme Progression pathways

Employer designed and endorsed Work experience (minimum 10 days), Project

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A typical week in a Diploma 

Taught through a lively mix of environments and people  

Teachers, college lecturers, employers, Practical workshops, projects, master classes, visits, work experience, classroom based study and study and study at a Eastleigh College

One day a week at college or lead school

Functional Skills, Additional learning, extended project

Core national curriculum subjects in school

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What can I learn? From September 2008  Engineering Introduces some key themes of engineering and an understanding of basic principles, what engineering is all about and the different opportunities it offers. A mix of theory and practical learning, problem solving & working independently and as a team  Construction and Built Environment Introduces the world we have created, an understanding of the land and materials, how the Built Environment affects people and communities and factors influencing development. Explores a wide range of careers available giving you skills to succeed in them A mix of theory and practical learning, problem solving & working independently and as a team

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What can I expect?


Different work and study environments with some of the best teachers and resources available Develop your experience and knowledge gained in a work context At the end of two years of study  

Have a better idea of where to next…. Apprenticeship, college, employment, university? Qualification  

Level 1 Foundation = 5 D-G grade GCSE’s Level 2 Higher = 7 A*-C grade GCSE’s

Made up of Principal Learning, Additional learning, Functional Skills in maths, English and ICT, extended project, PLTs, 10 days work experience Bringing your learning to life

Learning you have to do 

Functional skills 

Work experience 

10 days related to your Diploma subjects

Extended project  

Achieve a minimum standard in English, maths and ICT – at the same level as the Diploma (taught in GCSE and applied through the Diploma)

To demonstrate the skills and knowledge acquired Choose your own subject (through discussion)

Personal Learning & Thinking skills (PLT’s) 

Teamwork, self management, self confidence, how to apply your knowledge & skills creatively in a work envirounment

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Construction & the Built Environment Compulsory elements (Principal Learning)  Design & the Built Environment  

Create the Built Environment  

Nature of BE, factors influencing design & construction and impact on people & communities. How history, politics and economics affect our BE What different people in the industry do Develops a range of skills & knowledge to create the BE

Value & Use of the Built Environment  

Analyses maintenance & management requirements How built structures affect the community that uses them

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Engineering Diploma Content Compulsory elements (Principal Learning)  The Engineering World 

Discovering Engineering Technology 

Importance of engineering in the modern world and the impact on the way we live our lives. Basic engineering principles – design, materials, electronics systems, maintenance & manufacturing*

Engineering the Future   

What makes innovations succeed How new materials contribute to design How to launch & develop new ideas

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Employer Support         

Work Experience/Shadowing Practical workshops/simulations – employer premises Visits/tour of premises/site – pupil to employer Employer visit to school/college – design brief/project setting/talks Industry/careers days Enterprise/problem solving activities Teacher Placements – industrial updating/curriculum context Curriculum design in context – learning activities to enhance experience Science & engineering day (in school)

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How does it fit with other qualifications?




A levels

Higher Education

International Baccalaureate

Further Education

Advanced Diploma

Advanced Apprenticeship Apprenticeship



Higher Diploma

5 GCSE D-G Other provision

Foundation Diploma


Key Stage 3

Young Apprenticeship

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How can I find out more? 

Open Event   

Monday 11 February 2008 Eastleigh College 6.00 – 8.00pm

Talk to your tutor Talk to your family, friends

Leaflet summary

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Education leaflet on the new diplomas for parents and students at school