Research and analysis

Evaluation of the implementation and impact of diplomas

Findings from the second survey investigating higher education institutions' views and experiences of the diplomas for 14- to 19-year-olds.


Evaluation of the implementation and impact of diplomas: findings from the 2009 to 2010 survey of higher education institutions

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In January 2008, the department commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and the University of Exeter to conduct the national evaluation of the implementation of diplomas over the period 2008 to 2013.

In this second survey, a further 19 institutions were sampled. In addition, using the UCAS website, the entry requirements specified by these institutions were investigated for a range of 271 separate undergraduate courses which appeared to provide potential pathways from the first 5 diploma subject areas.

This report presents the findings from the second in a series of 3 surveys investigating higher education institutions (HEIs) views and experiences of the diplomas for 14 to 19 year olds, first introduced in schools in September 2008. At the time of this survey (November 2009 to February 2010), the diplomas were being delivered by consortia of schools, colleges, training providers, employers and HEIs.

Published 31 March 2011