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Specialist Diplomas: Engineering

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools he estimates will offer (a) the level three engineering diploma and (b) the full range of additional and specialist learning within the level three engineering diploma. (155066)

[holding answer 10 September 2007]: By 2013, all schools will be required to offer access to the engineering diploma as part of the new entitlement to all 14 diploma lines, this will include access to the full range of additional and specialist learning, where appropriate. From September 2008, 38 consortia (groups of schools, colleges and work based learning providers) have been approved to offer an estimated 1,500 young people the Advanced Diploma (level 3) in Engineering.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the additional and specialist learning options within the level three diploma in engineering. (155067)

[holding answer 10 September 2007]: Additional and specialist learning for all diplomas offers a range of vocational and general qualifications to support choice and progression into higher education or employment. In determining the additional and specialist learning options within the level 3 diploma in engineering, the Diploma Development Partnership, awarding bodies and QCA are working very closely with higher education institutions and employers to ensure clear progression routes for young people.

Physics, Modern Foreign Languages, Electronics, Advertising or Multi-media Software Skills are all examples of some of the choices available for young people studying the Engineering Diploma at level 3. Full details are set out in the Diploma Additional and Specialist Learning Catalogue which is available on the National Database of Accredited Qualifications www.accreditedqualifications.org.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure that the level three diploma in engineering complies with entry requirements for university engineering courses. (155068)

[holding answer 10 September 2007]: The level 3 diploma in engineering has been developed in full consultation with higher education institutions, professional institutions, leading employer representatives and major awarding bodies. Students successfully completing this Engineering Diploma will be well prepared for entry into higher education.