The complexities of delivery arrangements are particularly challenging and bureaucratic for Colleges that recruit students living in different catchment areas.
Teaching the Diploma in one year as a catch-up programme for students with disappointing GCSE results is proving too challenging for many students.
The recent decision to remove functional skills from GCSEs (but not from Diplomas) means that there is inequity between qualifications. There is a perceived risk that students may fail to achieve them at the specified level, which means they can not complete the Diploma.
Those Colleges currently subsidising the delivery of Diplomas are unlikely to be able to sustain this in the long term.