These are the new suite of qualifications the College offers as the replacements for the National Certificates and Diplomas. The Extended Diploma consists of 18 units and is equivalent to 3 AS/A2 levels, the Diploma has 12 units and is equivalent to 2 AS/A2 levels, while the Subsidiary Diploma has 6 units and is equivalent to 1 AS/A2 level. They attract the same UCAS points as traditional AS/A2 levels but are graded Distinction, Merit or Pass.
Unlike AS/A2 levels these courses are geared towards particular career paths. They are an excellent choice if you are sure of your career plans, prefer a more practical approach to studying and have found difficulty in demonstrating your true potential in traditional examinations. These courses allow you to research, investigate and present your findings. The method of assessment is via internally assessed portfolios which could consist of reports, practical observations, drawings and production of objects. The method of assessment will be geared to reflect the topic being assessed.
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