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Specialist Diplomas: Engineering

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with representatives from universities on the content of the Level 3 Diploma in Engineering. (155069)

Representatives from the higher education sector have been fully involved in the design and development of all 14-19 diplomas through the Diploma Development Partnerships, as well as through our Higher Education Engagement Project Board.

Students successfully completing a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering will be well prepared for entry into higher education. Representatives of HE, including the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Professors Council and Russell Group representatives have all been involved in developing Level 3 diploma content. In addition a group consisting of engineering and mathematics professors, higher education tutors and other education experts has developed an optional specialist module which will be appropriate for diploma students seeking entry onto undergraduate courses leading to Chartered Engineer status.