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The Marsh Academy Diploma at The Marsh Academy

Course description

As part of the enrichment offer at the Marsh Academy Post 16, students will have the opportunity to complete the Marsh Academy diploma, which focuses on three areas.  Students who take part in this enrichment activity will gain skills and develop a greater understanding of personal and professional development.  The skills and knowledge gained will stand students in good stead whether heading to university, apprenticeships or employment.  Taking part in the voluntary pathway will ensure that applications for future destinations, will stand out, as real-life skills, problem solving and the ability to learn and apply information away from examinations.  The learning and organisation of events within the diploma is designed to be enjoyable, with students having to meet the criteria set out in order to pass. The Diploma is open to all Post 16 students who are studying on any of the pathways or in any of the colleges.  

Language a Cultural Development 
Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in a language that has not previously been studied for school examinations. We see this as a very important part of being a modern global citizen.  In a world where barriers to communication have be broken down with the advent of new media, it is imperative that students have an opportunity to study a language for conversational development.  The Marsh Academy wants to encourage an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures and provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation through knowledge of the starting point of an additional language. Students will need to fulfil the success criteria in order to complete a pass in the element of the Marsh Academy Diploma.  Students will need to undertake 12 weeks of instruction.

Community Project 
Students will have to discover a need within the community, whether that is the school community, local community or wider community.  From this, students will plan and carry out an event or project to address the need.  Students will then have to reflect on the project and present the process, including what they have learned to an audience.  Students will need to complete all areas of success criteria to pass this part of the MA Diploma. (Must be carried out in Y12).

Personal and Professional Development 
Students will undertake a course for 10 weeks in which they explore professional and personal development.  It is designed for students to develop attitudes, skills and strategies to be applied to personal and professional situations and contexts now and in the future. In this course the emphasis is on skills development for the workplace, as these are transferable and can be applied in a range of situations. Students will focus on the areas of:
• responsibility
• perseverance
• resilience
• self-esteem.
This will include working with local businesses to discover the ‘soft skills’ and qualities required by employers, working with HE providers and being mentors throughout the school.  Students will learn through discovery and reflection.  Students must provide evidence to meet the success criteria in order to pass this part of the MA Diploma.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September