Through a research it has been shown that 20% 0of students in the West Midlands want to continue in education for longer than previously planned to increase future job prospects. The good news is that students in Bromsgrove and Redditch will now have more options thanks to new Diploma subjects. Last year students could choose from just three subjects: creative and media, engineering, and information technology. Now students can choose from a further five including construction and the built environment, business, administration and finance, hair and beauty studies and hospitality. The Diploma offers an alternative to traditional qualifications such as GCSEs and A levels. As well as learning about a specific sector, Diploma students can continue to develop skills in English, maths and ICT as well as get an additional route to higher education and employment.
Schools and colleges in Redditch delivering the Diploma include Arrow Vale High School, Woodrush Community High School and NEW College. While in Bromsgrove Waseley Hills High School and Sixth Form Centre, North Bromsgrove High School and South Bromsgrove Community High School will be delivering the Diploma.