**Diploma Courses**

This article explains how to deal with 14-19 Diploma or other courses with several components:

** Options** can:

-- handle courses that span across 2 or more Option Blocks, and

-- even if there are 2 or more TeachingGroups for each component of the course, it will ensure that the students are allocated consistently to the groups.

**An advanced** example to illustrate:**

A school has a 14-19 Diploma course which is to span across

__of the five Option Blocks.__

**four**ie. a student will choose 5 subjects, of which 4 can be for the diploma.

A student must choose

__all__of the diploma course components, or

__none__.

**Step 1.**

Suppose the 4 diploma parts are called

**Dip1, Dip2, Dip3, Dip4**.

In this example we will complicate things by saying that there are

__Teaching Groups for__

**two**__each__of these, specified on the

**Subjects Screen**like this:So we will need to ensure (see below) that

**allocates the students**

*Options***consistently**, so that each of the parallel groups remain separate and with the same membership for each of Dip1, Dip2, Dip3, Dip4.

(Note: if there is only one group for each 'subject' then everything is simpler!).

**If a student chooses Dip1, s/he**

**Step 2.****must**choose Dip2

__and__Dip3

__and__Dip4.

This can be ensured by using the

**Rules for**

**Students' Choices Screen**, by entering every possible pairing of the 4 groups, like this:

**Step 3.**The

**Choices Screen**will look like this:

**Step 4.**Before you can use the

**AutoCreate Screen**to build up a Pattern, you need to tell

**that all of the students must be assigned to the groups**

*Options***consistently**like this:

**Note**: If there is only one group for each Subject (ie. each component of the course) then you do not need to use this rule.

**will then look for solutions that obey these rules, when you click on Go:**

*Options*

******More general or simpler cases:In this uncommon example we have used 4 diploma components, with 2 groups for each, and with the students to be assigned consistently.

In most cases the problem will not be this complicated.

The most usual case is 'double options' (eg. BTEC1 & BTEC2, or Double Maths at A-level).

By theTimeTablerTeam