The diploma qualifications are offered at three levels across 14 subjects, and have been implemented in three phases in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The diploma is often delivered through consortia of schools, colleges, training providers and higher education institutions (HEIs), although the requirement to deliver via consortia was lifted in 2010.
The two main aims of the evaluation, summarised in this brief, were to: review the implementation and delivery of the diplomas and to assess the impact of the diplomas on young people.
It reports on findings from the second year of diploma delivery for the second cohort of learners. These learners started a diploma in September 2009 on one of the first ten diploma subjects.