Don't fancy traditional A levels/ GCSEs but worried that you wont be able to go to university or get a job without them?
Well now there's a way you can combine classroom learning with practical hands-on experience while still keeping your options open.
The Government's new Diploma initiative aims to help you make decisions about your future, whether that's further study or a job, without restricting you to academic or vocational studies.
You'll still need to study compulsory subjects like English, Maths, Science and PE, and you'll also get an insight into the world of work.
What you learn
The Diploma contains a mix of compulsory and optional subjects. Compulsory elements of your Diploma will cover the main things you'll need to know and be able to do in your chosen area. It also includes team working, problem solving, analytical and research skills, things that employers and universities really value.
In addition, you can make your course broader by picking from a range of optional subjects. This could be more specialist course that interests you personally or a different subject, like a language.
All Diploma students need to achieve a minimum standard in English, Maths and ICT. You will also get the chance to spend at least 10 days working with an employer, experiencing what work is like from the inside.