College Chief Predicts Rise in Home Study

College Chief Predicts Rise in Home Study

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The rising cost of going to university will lead to an increase in part-time study, distance learning and private colleges offering degrees, according to an education chief in Yorkshire.

Full-time university tuition fees are expected to more than double as a result of the Browne Review which has called on the Government to scrap the current cap of £3,290.

The chief executive of a Yorkshire-based education charity which delivers arts degrees believes this change could transform the higher education sector opening up the market to private providers and making part-time, distance learning more attractive to potential students.

The Open College of the Arts OCA’s chief executive Gareth Dent told the Yorkshire Post that flexible part-time study was a more effective way of teaching creative subjects than doing a full-time courses over a set three-year period.

He also believes that allowing more students to work to a flexible timetable will cut the numbers of people who drop out of higher education and that the expansion of the internet now means distance learners can feel like part of a student community.

Mr Dent said: “We are seeing a major transformation of the way education is organised

A student of the college said the college’s model of study allowed her to balance her work with a full time job as an office administrator.

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Nick Cooper
Nick is NCC's resident blog author and covers a range of subjects, including teaching and health & social care. NCC is an international learning provider with over 20 years’ experience offering learning solutions. To date, NCC has engaged with over 20,000 employers, and delivered quality training to over half a million learners.
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