Shrewsbury College celebrates after seeing almost 20% growth in numbers for Higher Education Courses

With an increase in courses, a new brand, website and marketing campaign, higher education (HE) courses at Shrewsbury College have seen a boom with an almost 20% growth and nearly 250 students already enrolled for the 2015/16 academic year.

In January this year Shrewsbury College received funding for the first time from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).  This funding has enabled them to offer a wider choice of courses and develop a study support package “Graduate Essentials” for students which will help them develop their academic skills and take the step up into higher education successfully.

The College is already starting to promote its offer for 2016 where more new courses will be added including BA Education, Bsc Counselling, Leadership and Management, Football coaching and Construction.  The College continues to work in partnership with Staffordshire and Edge Hill Universities ensuring courses being developed are relevant to local employers.

HE Lead, Helen Fellows said: “At this point in the year, 240 students have enrolled with us with 140 starting their first year. But we are still interviewing students over the next few weeks and can accept students onto HE courses until October half-term so we expect the numbers to increase further. One of the main reasons we have seen at least a 20% growth in HE student numbers compared to last year is because of the new HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees we have added, particularly in the Creative Arts and Media area.”

Steve Wain, Principal, said: “We are finding that if you create a curriculum that is both; appealing to local students and professionals alike, and, is affordable you can grow student numbers in a competitive market. We are keeping costs low, which our students like, and, a number of loans and grants are available. We have great facilities including; dedicated HE study areas, free parking, a restaurant, hair and beauty and sports facilities. Most full time study takes place in concentrated bursts which means HE can be easily combined with work and PT courses are available too.”

For more information about Higher Education courses or Advanced Apprenticeships at Shrewsbury College, please come along to the HE Advice Event on 1 October from 6pm to 7pm, or the College Open Evening on 12 November from 5pm to 8pm or call 01743 342411 

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