Shrewsbury College announces new Foundation Degrees ahead of its High Education Advice event in May

  • Date Published: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014
  • Departments: Cross College,

Shrewsbury College is welcoming anyone interested in doing a higher education (HE) course to attend its advice event on May 1 to find out more.

There are a range of part-time and full-time HE courses on offer which are ideal for many – whether it is those wanting to continue their studies, or to study around their work or family commitments or to update or improve their existing qualifications or job opportunities.

Advantages of studying locally include smaller class sizes, the ability to study while working in your chosen field and they can be more cost effective than studying further afield. Tutors will be on hand with information and guidance about courses and what financial help and support is available.

Courses including Accounting and Finance, Beauty, Business Management, Care and Counselling, Computing, Engineering, Fashion, Performing Arts, Sport and Teaching are all available to start in September.

Information about the Pre-Access and Access to HE courses, both available to study full and part-time, will also be available at the HE advice event. These courses are for those who perhaps didn’t achieve all they wanted to at school and they can set them up for studying at higher education level.

Helen Fellows, HE Co-ordinator, said: “We have some brand new HE courses on offer for September including the Foundation Degrees in Health Studies and Education, both affiliated with Staffordshire University and part-time.

“The FD in Health Studies is a new development for individuals who want the option of obtaining education in health issues and their related subjects without the requirement of getting a qualification as a health or social care professional. The qualification provides a comprehensive broad health perspective together with a sound knowledge and skills base to give candidates transferrable skills and attributes that they can use within the health, wellbeing, social care, educational and civil service employment arenas.

“Successful candidates will have the opportunity to progress onto the Level 6 top up to achieve the full BSc (Hons) Health Studies Degree or they might want to consider a different course of study for example Nursing, Midwifery or Social Work.

“The FD in Education provides the opportunity for those working in education to build on their knowledge and experience through study at higher education level in order to enhance understanding of their current professional role.

“In addition, it provides a route towards obtaining a degree and professional qualifications at a higher level. It is designed specifically for people who wish to combine work and study. The work-based award develops skills towards supporting education, such as teaching assistants/learning support assistants. It also promotes progression towards alternative careers in education, such as teaching. Successful completion of the award enables direct progression onto a top-up BA (Hons.)”

Stefan Rowe, 21, is currently studying a PCGE at the College, he said: “I previously studied Sport here at the College, and the tutors had a positive effect, and influenced my decision to teach sport studies. I was originally looking at Universities to study my PGCE, but when I found out that Shrewsbury College offered the same course - in a more convenient location, and at a great price – I applied straight away.“

A further event for those who have enrolled onto a HE course is taking place at the College on June 21. For further information call Course Advice on 01743 342333.

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