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.
Diploma lines of learning (Principal Learning) in the following subjects have now been withdrawn:
Please note that this does not apply to the OCR Principal Learning in Engineering (levels 1,2 and 3), the Levels 1 and 2 Project or the Level 3 Extended Project.
As these subjects are withdrawn, some of the more successful and popular elements of Principal Learning, within certain subjects, will be reflected in the future qualifications we develop.
You may be interested in learning more about Cambridge Nationals and the other Vocationally-related qualifications we offer.
Principal Learning is popular in its own right, and feedback indicates that centres have found it to be a valuable qualification which advances students' skills. Please click on the links below for details of Principal Learning qualifications we offer.