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Forthcoming Diploma's lukewarm reception from universities

Date 27 Jul 2007
Author The Editor
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The response by universities to the soon-to-be-launched vocational Diplomas is mixed as fewer than four in 10 admissions officers see them as a "good alternative" to the current A-level system.

The government wants Diplomas, set to be launched next year, to be a qualification that will allow students to find places at university but a survey shows that of those universities polled, only 38% saw Diplomas as a suitable alternative, while 88% backed the International Baccalaureate.

The survey, commissioned by ACS International Schools, found that only 41% of admissions officers saw the Diploma as a "positive step forward".

However, 70% of admissions officers questioned supported the principle of offering a wider range of qualifications beyond the traditional A-level. The diploma is intended as a different type of qualification, linking to industry and providing an alternative to the academic A-level with courses initially in construction, engineering, health, IT and media.

The survey was commissioned to see which qualifications would be most likely to be welcomed for university admissions.

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