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The Felsted Diploma

The Senior School Felsted Diploma Programme continues to grow and develop, encouraging students to cover a broad base of skills and activities whilst allowing them the flexibility to follow any special interests or talents.

Categories are based upon experiences and skills young people might be expected to have a grasp of as they apply to Universities, Post-18 training courses and employment opportunities. The Felsted Diploma helps students to explore their successes and experiences and challenge them to consider how they might transfer these skills to their future studies and careers. The result: a well-rounded individual who can articulate what they can offer a prospective employer.

Felsted aims to offer a diverse range of opportunities and continues to encourage students to tailor their co-curricular options to suit their own needs, skills and desires.

At all levels students are expected to engage with the following:

Independent Study: Allows students to build and develop research, study and presentation skills in their own way. Students are given increasing freedom to choose their areas of study and shape the reflective process.

Creativity/Leadership/Activity/Service: Allows students to tailor a programme that focuses on a mix of creative, leadership, action or service based activities. Students have the opportunities to develop their ability to operate in a non-classroom based environment and work alongside adults and their peers.

Specialism: Allows students to develop their talents in a specific area; we offer a number of scholarships and have a number of students who excel in Sport, the Creative Arts, Music and Design and the diploma programme allows them time to pursue and perfect these interests. The programme is also flexible enough to allow those with more unusual talents to pursue these areas.

Work and Life Skills: A varied programme that aims to develop students’ ability to think critically about the world around them, offering them insight into politics, international relations, business and more.

Reading Challenge: All students at Felsted are expected to read to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. There are three levels of reading challenge designed to guide and challenge your reading skills or your reading choices.

Internationalism: A number of internationally focused projects, placements, events and activities are on offer to students; from Year 10 onward students are required to engage with Felsted's international programme.

Work Experience/Volunteering/Employment: In the Sixth Form students are encouraged to gain first-hand experience of a working environment whether through regular volunteering, a summer work experience placement or employment.

The Diploma at different stages