STUDENTS at schools and colleges in Kirklees will be able to study more diplomas from 2010.
Schools minister Jim Knight announced on Monday that the area has been successful in a bid to deliver an eighth subject next year.
The diploma will be offered in Hospitality from 2010 in addition to diplomas in Construction and the Built Environment; Creative and Media; Engineering; Information Technology; Society, Health and Development; Business, Administration and Finance; Hair and Beauty Studies which are available to young people this September.
The schools and colleges passed a rigorous application process to deliver the diploma, requiring them to demonstrate the involvement of local employers and universities.
Commenting on the success, Mr Knight said: “I am extremely pleased that young people in Kirklees and Huddersfield 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 them gain the knowledge and skills they need to achieve success at university or in the career of their choice.
“The successful application to teach additional diplomas is testament to the fantastic work that is going on at a local level to ensure this new qualification delivers for Huddersfield’s young people.”
The diploma is a qualification for 14 to 19 year olds which has been developed with the help of universities and employers.
It combines classroom learning with practical hands-on experience to better prepare students for work and university.
As well as learning about a specific sector, all diploma students will continue to study English, maths and ICT and will gain essential transferable skills such as presentation and time management.
Professor Bob Cryan, vice-chancellor of Huddersfield University, said: “The diploma will provide a new way of learning that will engage and stretch young people from all backgrounds.
“Diploma students will bring a range of valuable skills to universities such as independent learning, critical thinking and teamwork, skills that all universities are looking for.
“It is a really exciting time for education and I am looking forward to receiving applications from diploma graduates in the future.”
Sir Alan Jones, of Toyota, diploma champion for employers said: “By giving young people in Kirklees and Huddersfield 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 them a more realistic understanding of the working world.”