Education = Transforming + Informing

Day #1

The Diploma in IT has finally come to Croydon. The 14-19 Diplomas, as you know, were a new nationwide initiative brought in by the Labour government. It was hoped they would be the answer to bridging the academic and vocational divide as well as serve to provide useful, relevant and worthy qualifications that would truly bring learning to life. Despite funding being cut, and poor recruitment (a minimum B in Maths was our cut off), we’re finally off to a start with a bunch of seven brilliant students. The Diploma will definitely be a challenge, but it is hoped we will use the funding available to reward students for their achievements, as well as provide them with real work-based experiences that will set them apart from their peers. Archbishop Tenison’s School, Croydon, is currently the only school in Croydon delivering the advanced, Level 3 Diploma in IT.
#Day 1 – students were introduced to the Diploma and what it entails. The different components of the Diploma were outlined along with course expectations.
The Diploma is an aggregate qualification worth 3.5 A Levels. It includes:
  • 7 Principal Learning Units (2 Exams, 5 Coursework Units)
  • Additional Specialist Learning (An A Level of their choice)
  • Functional Skills (Maths, English, IT)
  • Extended Project
  • Work Experience 10 days.
We anticipate to complete four units (one exam unit) in the first year, and do the rest in year 2. The two units we are tackling in the run up to Christmas are:
Unit 2: Understanding Organisations (external exam unit)
Unit 3: Professional Development (working together in teams to meet business objectives).
Unit 3 is particularly exciting as students will have the opportunity to work with and for two charities and Trevor Montague, the best selling author of the A to Z of almost Everything. Trevor is also the founder of the British quizzing association, and has done a great deal of work behind the scenes to ensure that this unit will be a wonderful experience for our learners. More on in my next post….

September 6, 2010 - Posted by | General

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