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Specialised Diplomas: Environment

Education written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reason the Specialist Diploma in Environmental and Land-based Studies has been withdrawn.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Following consultation this summer, Ofqual is revising the regulatory arrangements for diplomas to allow awarding organisations to make their own decisions about whether to offer it as a qualification, based upon demand from schools and colleges. As a result, some awarding bodies have chosen to withdraw from the full diploma. Some awarding bodies will continue to offer the Principal Learning components as qualifications in their own right. These high quality vocational qualifications can support progression outside of the framework of the diploma and can be combined with other qualifications to meet the needs of a broad programme of study.

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