Key Facts:

Government are backing the Diploma to such an extent that some ministers believe it could eventually replace A levels and GCSE’s   Ed Balls the current Schools Secretary says he hopes they become "qualification of choice"David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:"Employers have supported the principle behind 14-19 diplomas because there is a clear need for an education system that can combine both academic and vocational learning. The diplomas need to be delivered to the highest possible standard and with a significant amount of business input.”

The Diplomas are appropriate for able pupils considering university courses, and those who want to go into skilled employment after completing their Diploma studies.

The qualifications have been designed in collaboration with employers through sector skills councils and are designed to give students a real sector relevant foundation alongside their theoretical studies. 


First Diplomas to be taught from Sept 2008


Engineering, Information Technology, Creative and Media, Construction and the Built Environment, Society, Health and Development

 The Foundation Diploma is a Level 1 qualification and is equivalent in size to 5 GCSEs. D-GThe Higher Level Diploma is a Level 2 qualification, equivalent in size to 7 GCSEs at Grades A*-G. The Advanced Level Diploma is a Level 3 qualification and is equivalent in size to 3.5 A Levels.  The benefits to businesses include:  
  • A better prepared, more knowledgeable young person as an employee
  • A more effective way of meeting future recruitment needs and addressing skills gaps
  • A creative and cost effective way of developing your own staff through working with and supporting young people
  • A sector-relevant foundation from which you can develop work related skills and competencies to meet your businesses needs
Hertfordshire is leading the way in developing the diploma with students in Dacorum, North Herts and South East Herts being some of the 1st in the Country to enrol in a diploma programme in September 2008 with selected diploma programmes available to students across the rest of the County in 2009 and forthcoming yearsHCCI are playing a lead role in ensuring businesses and employers are playing a key role in the diplomas, find out how you can get involved, contact: Owen Davis on 01707 398400 or