UK government makes two-year university courses step closerStaff Writer | February 25, 2017
The government has tabled amendments to the Higher Education and Research Bill to encourage more flexible learning and increased choice for students.
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This amendment would enable a higher annual fee limit to be set for accelerated courses, subject to Parliamentary approval.
This amendment responds to evidence which shows that inflexible fee structures are seen as a major barrier to the availability of accelerated courses, with many universities unable to deliver their traditional 3-year courses in two years because of the existing limit on annual fees.
This delivers on a manifesto commitment to encourage universities to offer more 2-year courses and extends the opportunity to study at England’s world-class universities to even more people.
The government intends to consult on the detail of how to deliver higher annual fee limits for accelerated courses ahead of tabling secondary legislation.
The proposals will include clear measures to ensure the limit would only apply to accelerated courses. ■