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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