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The Diploma


The home of the Diploma at QCDA online

Last updated: 08 Sep 2009

This is the home of the Diploma at QCDA online.

Use the links to the left to navigate the different aspects of Diploma development by QCDA - from policy development to teaching and learning support.

Use the links on the right to access the latest updates to content on these pages.


Your views on Foundation Diploma sought

You're being invited to share your views on the Foundation Diploma, through a survey and discussion hosted on QCDA Direct.

 The survey is designed to capture feedback about your experience of the Foundation Diploma and to find out about whether the current QCDA Diploma support materials have been helpful. The results will be used to help shape future policy and guidance.

The discussion gives you a chance to debate topical issues about the Foundation Diploma, from induction to functional skills and support mechanisms.

To take part visit www.diploma-support.org/qcdadirect

Guiding you through the Diploma

A wide range of guidance materials to help Diploma practitioners to introduce and deliver the Diploma is available from this site.

Visit http://www.qcda.gov.uk/13909.aspx  to access it today.

New ASL catalogues available now

New additional and specialist learning catalogues are now available from the national database of accredited qualifications (NDAQ).

The catalogues cover all phase one and two Diploma lines of learning, available for teaching now, and all phase three lines of learning, which are available for first teaching from September 2010.

Centres should ensure they use the latest version of the catalogue when planning Diploma programmes of study.

To access the catalogues visit the National Database of Accredited Qualifications

Congratulations to first successful Diploma learners

The first successful Diploma learners are celebrating after receiving their results.

The learners all worked towards the Diploma over one year and successfully achieved all components in order to be awarded their qualification. Our congratulations go to them all.

CABs invited to Diploma delivery operations event

Guests from all component awarding bodies (CABs) are being invited to this year's essential event for anyone who works in Diploma delivery operations and administration.

QCDA and the Federation of Awarding Bodies, supported by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), are holding the event on 7th October in London to share important lessons learnt this year. The event will also give delegates a chance to provide feedback and shape future improvements.

To find out more, go to the Diploma delivery operations event for CABs page or email kay.harper@qcda.gov.uk

Publication of Phase 4 Diploma Statements and Criteria

We are pleased to announce that the Phase 4 Line of Learning (LoL) Statements and LoL Criteria have now been published for the following Diplomas:

1. Humanities and social sciences
2. Languages and international communication
3. Science

For more information visit the Phase 4 Lines of learning page.

Your invitation to join advisory panel

We are looking for Diploma practitioners in schools and colleges and senior managers in consortia and local authorities to join an advisory panel for feedback on Diploma guidance and information produced by QCDA.

Panel members will review guidance and information products from home or work and members will be reimbursed for their time and for any expenses. The work of the panel will take place in mid-late September 2009.

Please email us by 31 July if you would like to join our panel. Please note that the number of places on the panel is limited but we will retain your details if you would like to join the advisory panel in the future.

Sign up to Diploma conference

Those interested in the Diploma are being encouraged to sign up for a conference in Birmingham on 1 October 2009.

Delivering Diplomas: Engagement and collaboration, organised by magazine SecEd and sponsored by QCDA, will offer crucial, practical advice to all those involved in the Diploma.

QCDA's Teresa Bergin will be speaking at the event, alongside representatives from FE, secondary schools, employers and students. Informal workshops will also be held on the day, giving delegates the chance to find answers to their questions in an informal setting.

Find out more and book your place.

Work experience in the Diploma

Learners need to carry out at least ten days' work experience in order to be able to achieve a Diploma. The placement does not have to be conducted over a ten-day block. Some may prefer to spread it across a longer period, for example one day a week for ten weeks.

More information about work experience in the Diploma.

New progression illustrations

New illustrations which show how learners could progress after achieving a Diploma are now available to download, alongside guidance on how to use them.

Developed in close consultation with Diploma development partnerships (DDPs), each progression illustration shows how the flexibility of the Diploma can be exploited. 

Phase 1 illustrations (construction and the built environment; creative and media; engineering; information technology; and society, health and development). 

Phase 2 illustrations (business; administration and finance; environmental and land-based studies; hair and beauty studies; hospitality; and manufacturing and product design).

Have your say on learner induction

You're being asked to share your experiences of inducting learners into the Diploma, by completing a survey and taking part in a discussion on QCDA Direct.

We're keen to hear how and why you carry out these inductions. The information will be used to help us develop future guidance and support for consortia.

The survey should only take about 15–20 minutes to complete. The discussion gives you the chance to exchange ideas about induction programmes with fellow Diploma practitioners.

QCDA Direct is hosted on http://www.diploma-support.org , a website designed to provide practitioners with a platform that will support their professional development in the context of the Diploma. 

Log on and get involved today.

Recognising achievement in the Diploma

QCDA has released new information about recognising achievement in the Diploma, including the introduction of a Diploma Progress Statement.

Diploma achievement

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