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Press Release - 03 September 2007

Local schools invited to find out about foundation degrees

Local teachers and careers staff can find out about vocationally-focused higher education on offer in the region, in an event organised by the University of Bath in Swindon on Thursday 13 September.

The information event on foundation degrees will give teachers, heads of sixth form, and careers staff the chance to find out about the full range of courses open to their school leavers.

Foundation degrees integrate academic and work-based learning to equip students with skills needed by local employers. They are developed by universities in partnership with local businesses and training providers and have run since 2001.

A wide range of subjects are on offer in the region, from Digital Media Arts and Computing, to Sports Therapy and Commercial Music.

University and college tutors and staff will speak about the format of the degree courses in a ‘news at 10’ style presentation and answer questions from the audience. Current students will join them to share their experiences.

“The aim of the day is to provide local schools with an insight into foundation degrees,” said Ruth Waring, Progression Coordinator at the University of Bath. “We know that many school leavers will be keen to start a higher education course which equips them with the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for but may not be as familiar with foundation degrees as traditional three-year honours degrees.”

“There are also a significant number of new foundation degrees starting this year, including Motor Sport at Wiltshire College, Engineering Systems at Swindon College and Arts Management at Bath Spa University.”

All the courses promoted at the event are validated by universities within the Western Vocational Lifelong Learning Network (WVLLN), located within the northern half of the south-west. The WVLLN is based at the Oakfield campus and is running a £3.8 million project to widen access to vocational higher education.

The six higher education partners are: the University of Bath, the University of Bristol, Bath Spa University, the University of Gloucester, the University of the West of England and the Royal Agricultural College.

The event is jointly organised by the University of Bath’s Broadening Participation team, based at the Oakfield Campus, and the Western Vocational Lifelong Learning Network.

The event starts at 1.30pm at the Oakfield campus, with lunch at 12.45pm. For more information please email Ruth Waring, Progression Co-ordinator at the University at r.waring@bath.ac.uk or call 01225 386286.


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