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Date: 30th May 2012
HE Open Evening

Places are still available on Petroc’s full and part time university courses for September 2012.

A variety of funding options are available, including a bursary for high achievers who gain AAB grades or better at A Level, to help with costs.

As of September, the £5,500 annual fees will be £3,500 less than a third of the UK’s universities.

University students spend two years at Petroc, with the option to spend a further year at Plymouth University to gain an honours degree. In 2011, 20% of students who studied a Foundation Degree at Petroc went on to achieve a First in their final year at Plymouth. This is above the national average as, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, 15.5% of students gained a First in the UK in 2011.

The number of Foundation Degrees offered at Petroc is growing year-on-year and students applying to study in 2012 can choose from 23 different courses. These range from Business to Human Biosciences and Fine Art to Mechanical Design and Manufacture.

Studying a Foundation Degree at your local college is set to become more popular, as tuition fees for 2012 are rising to £9,000 for more than a third of UK universities and the cost of living away from home is also increasing.

Choosing to study at Petroc, rather than going away to university, has other benefits. Students will experience small class sizes and one-to-one support, something which is not always possible in a university environment.

Abigail Lee is currently studying for a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies at Petroc and said:

 “I chose to study here because the facilities at Petroc seemed far better than the other universities I applied for; plus it is close to home, family and friends.”

“I think I get the full uni’ experience at Petroc, without going away. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. I still have friends around here to go out with,” she added.

Kerry-Ann Beale is studying towards a Foundation Degree in Business. The cost implications for going on to Higher Education were a big deciding factor for her.

“If you live on your own, like I do, and have other out-goings to consider then this is the better choice”, said Kerry.

“Money-wise, staying at Petroc was definitely the cheaper option for me.

“I think Foundation Degrees are very good value for money.”

She added: “The structure and smaller classes at Petroc allow you to get more out of what you learn. The one-to-one approach enables you to ask questions and get a personal, direct response.”

Shona Ardy, who is predicted AAB on her current A Level programme at Petroc, has applied to start a Foundation Degree in Sport in September. She said it was the combination of value for money and the good reputation that persuaded her to stay in North Devon.

“I’d heard about the high level of Firsts at Petroc and when I was told about the new bursary this made me think about Petroc as a serious choice,” said Shona.

Craig Litster, Petroc’s HE Co-ordinator, recognises that this unique combination makes the College’s Foundation Degrees such an attractive option.

”The cost of study is obviously crucial to students and their families, but it is the quality of our students that will enable us to increase the number of North Devon graduates in the future”, he said.

To meet the growing demand, Petroc applied to the Higher Education Funding Council for an extra 25 HE places for 2012, in addition to the 154 allocated by Plymouth University. The College was successful in its application, subject to appeal. These will be the first of their kind in North Devon and pave the way for Petroc to offer full honours degrees in the future.

For the full list of Foundation Degrees available at Petroc in 2012 visit our Foundation Degrees courses page or call the Guidance Centre on 01271 338125 or come along to our Open Evening on Wednesday 20 June at Brannams Campus, 6.30 - 8.30pm.

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