Humanities Diploma update

The criteria has now been published

Ofqual have published the criteria for the new Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences. Awarding organisations will now begin to develop qualifications in line with these criteria. Those qualifications that meet the required criteria will then be accredited in July 2010, for first teaching in September 2011.

To view the criteria, please select the criteria link here

New website live
The newly redesigned website is now online at The site has been reorganised with a section for each of the groups of key stakeholders – employers, learners, education providers, careers advisors and parents – much more information and guidance will be added in the coming months.


The Diploma – Phase 4 Line of Learning Consultation Event

I have spent the day today at the QCA Phase 4 Line of Learning Criteria Consultation Event in Bristol, to find out a bit more about the new Humanities and Social Sciences Diploma which will be delivered from September 2011.

It was a very interesting day. The response from those taking part in the consultation was very positive. There were a variety of people represented at the Humanities and Social Sciences sessions. These included teachers, employers and university lecturers. we managed to get a good idea of what the course will involve and the way in which it might be delivered.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Diploma (I’m going to refer to it as HSS Diploma to save time!) has a very large disciplinary footprint. There are a total of 16 individual subject areas included, from Geography and History, to Classics and Psychology. However, once we delved a little deeper, we realised that this should actually mean that we can use this as our USP. Many students may be wary of narrowing their future career options with some of the Phase 1 and 2 diplomas. However, with the HSS diploma, they will be getting a broad education and developing the skills universities and employers say are currently missing.

The final details on the Line of Learning Statement for HSS will be available soon at:

If you would like you views heard, you can also take part in the consultation process online, by filling in a questionaire at:

New Humanities Diploma – latest

The Line of Learning statement produced for the Diploma in Humanities as part of the education reforms for 14-19 year olds has been published. This provides us with an idea of what we could all end up teaching in the future

If you would like to have a look at the latest published materials by following the link below:

Diplomas contain three key areas of learning:

Principal Learning this is sector-specific learning.

  • For example with the Humanities and Social Sciences students will develop knowledge, understanding and the skills relevant to these areas. They will also be given opportunities to apply these skills to work based roles or situations.

Specialist Learning

  • Students will be able to choose from a range of learning options selected by employers as being beneficial to working in the different.

Generic Learning

  • All students taking part on a Diploma will still study core subjects including English, Maths, Science and ICT, PE and citizenship.

The Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences will incorporate a minimum of ten days work experience.