In defence of diplomas

20th July 2007 at 01:00

The diploma design process does not contain serious flaws (FE Focus, July 6). Teachers and awarding bodies, as well as employers, have been fully involved in developing these new qualifications right from the beginning, as you would expect.

Diplomas are education programmes for young people. They are new qualifications that will sit alongside GCSEs, A-levels and occupationally specific programmes. It was always the intention that diplomas would contain high quality vocational education. It was never the intention that they would deliver vocational training.

Diplomas will give young people an excellent insight into work and provide the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for further or higher education and employment.

Teresa Bergin

Head of Sector Qualifications Reform

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now