Youngsters leap at Weston College courses

PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 January 2013

Views of Town Centre College Campus, WsM.

Views of Town Centre College Campus, WsM.

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WESTON College has seen a leap in applications for its higher education (HE) courses, bucking a national downwards trend.

Statistics reveal degree applications have fallen eight per cent nationally compared with the same period last year, making it the lowest drop for six years.

But the college’s applications for its HE courses beginning 2013 have increased by 23 per cent.

Reasons for this surge include higher graduate employment figures – with 65 per cent of 2011 Weston graduates compared to a national average of 45 per cent - and the fact that 20 per cent of its honours graduates gained a first class degree last year, which was well above the national average of 14 per cent.

Weston College also offers more teaching hours in smaller class sizes compared to universities.

Computing degree student Nelson Katende said: “The small classes allow me to receive more one-to-one contact with my tutors, who have also helped me to make valuable contacts in the industry.”

Students said another benefit is that taking a degree ‘on the doorstep’ is a far more attractive prospect than accumulating increased debt by studying away from home.

Earlier this year Weston College was given the highest rating possible by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education for top standards in its degree provision.


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