The government’s qualifications regulator, Ofqual, has accredited five new diplomas that will be taught from September next year.
The diplomas will be in business, administration and finance, environmental and land-based studies, hospitality, and manufacturing and product design.
Whether this diverts potential design students straight in to industry rather than in to colleges or universities remains to be seen. And of course, whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing also remains to be seen. But the immediate(ish) implications are clear: in the next few years product design courses will start to see applications from students with diplomas, not A-levels. That needs some preparation.