TEENAGERS are to benefit from an increase in the number of diplomas available in Solihull.
An announcement by schools minister Jim Knight confirmed that a number of borough schools and colleges have been successful in their bid to deliver the diploma in a further five subjects from 2010.
Students from Alderbrook School, Arden School, Lyndon School, Hazel Oak School, Grace Academy, Solihull College, and The Sixth Form College will all be able to choose from a total of 12 diplomas.
Jim Knight said it was a boost for the area.
“I am extremely pleased that young people in Solihull will have the chance to study the diploma in even more subjects,” he said.
“The fact that Solihull has been successful in its application to teach additional diplomas is testament to the fantastic work that is going on at a local level to ensure this new qualification delivers for young people.”
The diploma is a qualification for 14-19 year olds, which has been developed with the help of universities and employers.
It combines classroom learning with practical hands-on experience to better prepare students for work and university.
As well as learning about a specific sector, all diploma students will continue to study English, maths and ICT and will gain essential transferable skills such as presentation and time management.
To find out more visit: www.dcsf.gov.uk/14-19/ or www.direct.gov.uk/diplomas.