Opportunities to gain higher education qualifications without going to university are the topic of taster sessions being held in person at the Hinckley Campus of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) and by Zoom this month.
The sessions are open to current and prospective students and aim to open doors to alternative routes which enable students to cut the costs of HE, benefit from greater personal support, and continue their studies locally.
Creative arts including art and design, filmmaking, games design and photography will be explored at the college’s specialist Hinckley Campus on 14 December 2021. On 15 December 2021, an online session will provide an insight into studying health and social care, childcare and education, engineering, digital technologies and computing, public services, and sport. Prospective students can register for each session in advance online via the college website nwslc.ac.uk/discover-he.
NWSLC offers an extensive range of Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) that can be converted into full degrees with a further year of study. The college works closely with its partner universities Coventry University, the University of Warwick, and the University of West London to deliver a range of foundation degrees and bachelor’s degrees.
Carrie-Anne Abdulai, Director for Higher Education at NWSLC said, “We know that many students are keen to study locally, especially in the wake of the pandemic. Our fees are lower than those for university-based courses and our small class sizes mean that students benefit from higher levels of direct support from their tutors. We were pleased to record a
90 87 per cent satisfaction rating amongst higher education students as part of the 2021 National Student Survey.
“We have organised these taster sessions to provide an informal and fun introduction to the subjects we teach, including an online option to increase accessibility. It is our aim to widen participation in higher education and we offer flexible study patterns to cater for mature students who might be returning to education following redundancy.
“Course options are highly focused on employment in a variety of industry sectors including social and community work, sport, games development and computing. All courses are taught in industry-standard facilities and tutors have extensive experience in their field so they can advise about next steps and career routes. As well as being a registered provider with the Office for Students we are an accredited centre for delivering professional qualifications for the workplace, including AAT, CIM and CIPS.
For more information on the higher education taster sessions at NWSLC and to register visit the college website nwslc.ac.uk.