The Diploma for Graduates is a flexible qualification that fills many needs.
You can use it to:
- add a new major subject
- achieve professional accreditation
- retrain in a new discipline
- build a bridge to postgraduate study
- improve job opportunities
- take advantage of extra papers taken during degree studies
- refresh and update existing qualifications.
There are two kinds of Diploma for Graduates: endorsed and un-endorsed.
The un-endorsed DipGrad is more flexible and allows you to combine several different subjects. For example, a prospective teacher wanting to build up strength in two or more teaching subjects would choose the un-endorsed DipGrad for this purpose.
An endorsed DipGrad focuses on a single subject and approximates a major in that subject.
You need to do at least 7 papers, and at least four of these must be above 200-level. A fairly typical structure might include four 300-level papers plus a mixture of 100-level and 200-level material worth at least three papers. This structure may vary according to your background, your goals, and the prerequisites of the particular subject.
Sometimes prerequisites may be waived on the grounds of your previous study, while in other cases prerequisites may be strictly necessary and may increase the number of papers in the DipGrad. As a result, your personal programme of study may look quite different from the above (although it will always comprise at least 120 points of which at least 72 are above 200-level).