Career development

Choosing which subjects to study is a tough decision for you and your child. It’s hard to know exactly what’s best for the future and how their career will develop. But the Diploma can help make career choices easier because it gives your child a wide variety of skills to keep their future options open.

How the Diploma helps in the work place

The employers and education professionals who helped develop the Diploma were able to pinpoint the skills that are needed to get on in education and the world of work.

The main advantage of the Diploma is that it’ll help your child develop work-relevant skills, including functional skills in English, maths and ICT (computer studies), which relate to real life. These skills are taught in a creative and enjoyable way, while giving your child the flexibility to choose a whole variety of career options.

Invaluable transferable skills, such as creative thinking, teamwork and problem-solving provide a springboard to help your child succeed in the work place, regardless of what job they choose to do.

As part of the Diploma, your child will complete a work experience assignment. This means that they’ll enter the job market with a better practical understanding of that area of work.

The Diploma and college and university

Not every child wants to leave school and go straight into work, some want or need to study at college or university first.

The Diploma is an excellent stepping stone to further education, for example, if your child completes the Higher level Diploma, (equivalent to seven GCSEs at grades A* to C), they can go to college and enrol on an NVQ or BTEC course. Your child could do A levels that relate to the subjects studied in the Diploma, or go on to the next level of the Diploma (Advanced) and further their academic path.

In some cases, if your child has the Advanced Diploma they can access undergraduate courses at university. So far 80 per cent of undergraduate courses can be accessed with the right grades in the relevant Diploma.

The Diploma and apprenticeship schemes

Alternatively, your child may opt to leave school and enrol on an apprenticeship or go into a job with training.

The Diploma at Foundation or Higher level is tailor-made for entry into an apprenticeship. It’s a good idea that your child chooses a job that builds on the skills already acquired, such as an apprenticeship with planned training that leads to a nationally recognised qualification. Then they can earn while they learn.

The Diploma is purposely designed to encourage your child to meet their full potential and support their next move – whether that’s further study at school or college, work-related training, going on to university or a job with training.

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