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Caron Staley and Una MacConville from CDAS

Press Release - 23 July 2008

Degree in funeral services offered for the first time in UK at University of Bath

A degree in funeral services is being launched at the University of Bath later this year - the first university in the UK to offer the course.

Up to 20 students will be enrolled on the FDSc (Foundation Degree in Funeral Services) in September, 2008.

The course, which has been developed by the University’s Centre for Death & Society (CDAS), in conjunction with the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD), is aimed at people who already work in the funeral service industry.

The degree is a work-place learning programme, which combines theory with practice. Students can take the course over two years full time, or three years part-time.

Subjects covered on the degree range from funeral rituals, bereavement and ethics, to practices issues, such as how to market a business and how to understand and respond to changes in the law.

Most of the study will take place at a distance but there will be periods of block teaching held at the University. Students will be taught by tutors from CDAS at the University, as well as academics and experts from other universities and professions.

Manager of CDAS, Caron Staley, explains how the qualification will enhance the career opportunities of the students. She said: “This course will give people in the industry the opportunity to acquire a degree level qualification. This is the first time that this has been available for people working within the funeral services.

“The majority of the applicants for the programme will be mature students who left school with few qualifications. This is an opportunity for them to enter and excel in higher education.”

Caron said there had been an excellent response to the introduction of the course: “We have received applications from people throughout the UK as well as internationally. The course promises to have a really interesting mix of enthusiastic students.

“We are all very excited and looking forward to welcoming the first cohort of students at their induction in September of this year.”

There are currently a limited number of places still available for students wishing to begin the course this year. Anyone who is interested should contact the CDAS at or telephone +44 (0)1225 386949.

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