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In November 2011, Ofqual announced changes to the regulation of the Diploma. These changes meant that Diploma Awarding Bodies were no longer required to use the Diploma Aggregation Service (DAS).
Following Ofqual’s decision, in November 2012 the Department for Education announced it would be withdrawing DAS from 30 September 2013.
To ensure that you and your candidates achieve the full benefit from the automated system we strongly recommend that you aim to complete all outstanding Diploma arrangements before that date so that your remaining learners may be awarded their Diplomas on DAS. This is because, although we are still able to award Diplomas for 12 months after the closure of DAS, it will be a manual and time-intensive process for both centres and Diploma Awarding Bodies. Unfortunately, as we will no longer have access to the most up-to-date learner information, we will be dependent upon centres supplying full candidate profiles when they request that a Diploma is awarded. We will then use this to validate the component results with the relevant CABs before making the award.
More information about the Diploma withdrawal programme is available on the Ofqual website.
Also on the Department for Education website.
Final arrangements for the 14–19 Diploma
Please note that Principal Learning will continue to be offered in Engineering.
We will also continue to offer functional skills, Level 1 Foundation Project, Level 2 Higher Project and Level 3 Extended Project as standalone qualifications.
The Welsh Baccalaureate is an exciting qualification for learners between the ages of 14 and 19.
It gives a broader range of experiences than more traditional programmes of learning, and offers young people the opportunity to demonstrate and apply their knowledge, skills and understanding in a practical context.
It is made up of a number of components – including Principal Learning (Wales), Essential Skills Wales and Wider Key Skills as well as other qualifications such as GCEs, GCSEs and OCR Nationals.
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