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Vocational Extended Diploma Courses

Vocational Extended Diploma Courses

Exciting Vocational opportunities for you at Franklin College

We are continuously reviewing our curriculum offer, working with Higher Education providers and employers to ensure that we are offering the best study programmes with the broadest range of opportunities to our students. From this September, we will be extending our suite of exciting and highly successful vocational options to include a number of Extended Diploma (3 A Level equivalent) routes.

Extended Diploma courses bring learning to life because they are closely related to a range of Higher Education and Work-Related progression opportunities. They are assessed substantially (or even completely) through the completion of assignment work, so helping to develop students’ skills of research, presentation and document production through real-life scenarios. They are particularly suited to students who have good subject knowledge and good practical ability but are less good when it comes to formal examinations.

At Franklin we have subject experts and the finest facilities to bring these courses to life and with our extensive links with employers, training providers and universities, we will ensure that these courses include all of the support, work placement opportunities and enrichment students need to help them move forward positively and reach their very highest potential. We know that students successfully completing these courses will be well placed to go on to a wide range of higher education and work options.

Because the Extended Diplomas are equivalent to 3 A Levels, they make up a full time Study Programme at Franklin College. So students study the subject area in greater depth, conduct more independent research and benefit from high quality contacts with professional experts and workplace experiences.

Developing such skills and expertise is valuable if you want to go to University and every year, many thousands of young people go onto Higher Education from Extended Diploma courses.

We know from our partners that these Diplomas are highly valued Study Programmes, here is some information on what universities and employers think about these well regarded qualifications.

Sheila Dowling, Head of Admissions, The University of Hull says:
“At the University of Hull we welcome applications from students who have studied the Extended Diploma qualification as this equips successful candidates with appropriate skills to thrive in a university environment.”

Rachel Maguire, Head of People Development, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust says:
“At the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust we are always very pleased to see developments in local education which promote the valuable careers in the NHS. We have worked with Franklin College for several years through their Health Career Academy and our Allied Health Professional partnership. We are pleased to see the Health and Social Care Extended Diploma course starting at Franklin as it will give students more time to learn about topics crucial to their future working life.”

Emma Jubbs, Head of Undergraduate Recruitment, University of Lincoln says:
“At the University of Lincoln we value the Extended Diploma qualifications as they help students to develop the independent study skills, research ability and vocational knowledge to thrive on our university courses and beyond.”

We are planning to offer the following Extended Diplomas this year:

Health & Social Care 

This is a specialist course designed for those dedicated to working in a professional Health or Social Care setting. You will undertake a work placement which will allow you to demonstrate theoretical knowledge in a practical environment, providing an understanding of the day-to-day lives of those working within the NHS or in a variety of other care and social work settings.
Essential skills have been embedded across the course to ensure that students are ready for higher education and employment, this includes; conducting presentations via PowerPoint and video format, completing a word processed reports and working to deadlines. Placement will be completed by all students and this will be linked to the student’s coursework and examined units.
The majority of Health and Social Care students’ progress to Higher Education or Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as; nursing (adult or child), psychology studies, educational studies, paramedic science and early childhood studies and many more. This course is designed for committed, hardworking and passionate individuals with the desire to achieve a successful career in a health or social care setting.

Business Studies 

Are you a future business leader or entrepreneur? This course will provide extensive grounding in all aspects of business ranging from retail to digital marketing and from human resources to financial accounting. You will have the opportunity to put your skills into practice with an industry specific work placement and learn from those practising in the business world right now, as we have an extensive network of employers in accountancy, human resources, logistics, marketing and finance that are keen to offer work shadowing opportunities and professional advice.
Over 50% of Business students’ progress to Higher Education to study Business related courses and many progress onto Higher Apprenticeships in Accounting, Business Administration, Project Management and Events Management.
If you are a committed, motivated student with an avid interest in the business world, this varied course will facilitate your progression into a plethora of careers.

Applied Science

For those who enjoy practical Science and learning about how the world around them works. A range of topics is covered in the qualification including; advanced level biology units in genetics and biotechnology, understanding practical and laboratory design; pharmaceuticals manufacture and exploration of the mathematical principles in physics plus so much more.
Skills crucial to success in higher education and industry are developed, including conducting scientific research, working to deadlines and completing reports. Placement opportunities will be available in a range of higher education and industry settings so that the skills learned really help support students to maximise their progression options.
Most Applied Science students progress to Higher Education or higher Apprenticeships in areas such as Biomedical Science, Scene of Crime Science, Nutrition, Chemical Engineering, Radiography and so on, but it’s worth remembering that the wide skill-set developed means that some students go directly into work in various industrial or commercial settings too. If you are hardworking, like coursework and are focused on what you want to do in the future then this course could perfect for you.

Information Technology

This course covers the latest digital needs of businesses and the latest trends in Information Technology – this includes the cutting edge ideas in technology that are being talked about by large and small businesses as well as a creative side to design websites, video games and app development.
In a technologically advanced world, the use of apps and computers for business is increasing. Every company, organisation and TV show aspires to have the most used app and the most attractive website. They have presence on social media and use digital marketing to attract customers. Companies make use of the Big Data generated to look at customer trends. Companies make use of mobile technology and cloud technology in linking together every day computing devices across the Internet to generate The Internet of Things. The Internet of Things includes the linking of fitness trackers, internet enabled home heating/lighting systems and Internet enabled fridges that plan your meals for you. In this ever-growing digital world, that we are immersed in there is a need for a strong Cyber Security team to help eliminate the threats from the cyber criminals and protect our companies from an increased digital threat that could take down business websites or even hospital life support.
Most IT students’ progress to Higher or Degree Apprenticeships in IT in areas of IT including Project Management, Cyber Security and Software Engineering. Some of our students have gone on to degrees in Games Design, Computing and Business or Computer Science. Other students have gone on to local jobs within the field of programming, technical support and web development.

Sport (FUTSAL) 

The Grimsby Town Sports and Education Trust offers young sports people the chance to develop in a professional sports program whilst studying for a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport in partnership with Franklin College. The Futsal Scholarship resembles a Youth Team football apprenticeship with scholars training four times a week and competing against other professional club’s futsal teams. The unique aspect of the course is that the scholars get the chance to apply their knowledge from their BTEC Sport qualification to enhancing their development as an athlete.

Children's Play, Learning and Development

Throughout the course you will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of children’s play, learning and development and upon completion you will achieve the new ‘Early Years Educator’ status, allowing you to work within the early year’s sector or progress onto Higher Education courses. You will spend three days in college each week studying the underpinning theory and preparing for written assessments and two days in a placement in an Early Years setting to apply the theory you have learnt in the classroom.


Wind farms, nuclear power, medicine manufacture, construction, food processing, robotics… Are you interested in becoming a professional engineer working in an exciting and rapidly expanding field? Would you like to gain skills that you can use in the local area, nationally or abroad? If so then BTEC Engineering may be for you.

This course provides the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in the design, development, manufacture and maintenance of engineering products and systems. As the course progresses, will learn the fundamentals of practical and theoretical engineering, including the opportunity to visit engineering companies and take part in work experience to gain industry insights. Your learning will be achieved through the completion of projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. This course has been developed to give you the opportunity to gain employment/ apprenticeships in the mechanical/ electrical engineering sector or progress to higher education.

If you do not have an application for Franklin College yet and would like to study one of these courses in September then please APPLY NOW through this website.

If you would like to find out more you can get in touch with the admissions team on the details below or follow the subject links above.

T. 01472 875004


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