Go-ahead for new manufacturing diploma in schools

An education watchdog gives the thumbs-up to a new manufacturing diploma to be taught in schools

The proposed new manufacturing diploma has been given the thumbs-up by an education watchdog and will be taught in schools from September 2009.

The Diploma in Manufacturing and Product Design is one of five new diplomas to be introduced in schools next year for 14 to 19 year-olds.

They will combine work experience with academic theory and be equivalent to GCSE and A-Level standards.

The other four diplomas are in business, administration and finance; environmental and land-based studies; hair and beauty studies; and hospitality.

The watchdog, Ofqual, said this week it had accredited the overarching structure for each of the diplomas as well as the principal learning, or core theory of each.

The announcement comes as the first set of diplomas are being introduced into schools this month – in engineering, construction, IT, media, and health.

In total, 17 diplomas will be offered in coming years, including in the traditional academic areas of languages, science and humanities.

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