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Students to get the facts on diplomas

Date: 05/11/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Students had chance to find out more about one of the biggest changes to education in a generation at a diploma roadshow on Monday (3 November). Pupils from New Brompton College, the Hundred of Hoo and Greenacre Schools were all invited to attend the event at the Corn Exchange, Rochester. The diploma is a new qualification for 14-19 year olds that combines learning in the classroom with practical experience. Young people in Medway were among the first in the country to begin studying the diploma in September. Four diplomas were available – Creative and Media; Engineering; Information Technology (IT); and Society, Health and Development. In September 2009, these subjects will be joined by business administration and finance; construction and the built environment; environmental and land-based studies; and hospitality. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr les Wicks said: "Diplomas are an exciting new option for young people alongside GCSEs, A Levels and apprenticeships. They provide a new route to university or employment. The roadshow has been designed to make sure that young people have the information they need about the Diploma when making their crucial decisions as part of their Year 9 or post-16 choices.” The roadshow’s visit to Medway is part of a national tour to inform young people about the diploma. Students in Years 9 and 11 were given the chance to find out more by using touch screen kiosks and taking part in discussions in innovative inflatable ‘pods’. [ends]