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Schools chiefs get new subject matter

PUBLISHED: 16:57 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 12 August 2010

SCHOOLS in the borough have been given the green light to teach more subjects in an alternative qualification to A Levels. Bromley schools will be

SCHOOLS in the borough have been given the green light to teach more subjects in an alternative qualification to A Levels.

Bromley schools will be able to deliver diplomas in three more subjects from 2010, Schools Minister Jim Knight (pictured) announced on Tuesday.

Next year, students aged 14 to 19 will be able to choose from six diplomas which have been created with the help of universities and employers to deliver a more practical qualification to young people.

Mr Knight said: "I am extremely pleased that young people in Bromley will have the chance to study the diploma in even more subjects. The qualification is an exciting new choice for young people, which will help students to gain the knowledge and skills they need to achieve success at university or in the career of their choice."

New diplomas on offer are Society, Health and Development; Environmental and Land-based Studies; and Sport and Active Leisure. Current subjects include Creative and Media, Engineering, and Information Technology, which are available to young people this September.

As well as learning about a specific sector, all diploma students will continue to study English, Maths and ICT.

Sir Alan Jones of Toyota, Diploma Champion for Employers, said: "By giving young people in Bromley the opportunity to understand the relationship between what they learn in the classroom and the linkage to the world of employment, the diploma will give young people a more realistic understanding of the working world."

For more information, go to www.dcsf.gov.uk/14-19/ or www.direct.gov.uk/diplomas.

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