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A graduation ceremony to mark the achievements of Sheffield College degree students is taking place this week.
Students who have completed university level qualifications this summer will receive their scrolls at Sheffield Cathedral on Friday, November 6th. Wearing traditional caps and gowns, the College graduates will be joined by their families, friends and tutors.
The College offers a range of university level qualifications, strongly related to the world of work. They include foundation degrees, which are two years of an honours degree, as well as higher national diplomas and certificates. Click here to find out more.
This academic year, the government removed the cap restricting student recruitment numbers for full-time degree level courses, enabling further education colleges and universities to offer places according to demand. In response, the College is expanding its provision. Some students can complete their entire three-year honours degree in College rather than spending a final year at university.
Heather Smith, Principal, The Sheffield College, said: “Our high quality university level qualifications are strongly related to the world of work, leading to employment for our graduates. They are recognised for their quality by universities, employers and professional bodies. Additional benefits include smaller classes and lower tuition fees.”
She added: “The lifting of the national cap provides us with an opportunity to offer more higher education courses in the skills that employers need, boosting our students’ career prospects and supporting regional economic growth.”
Around 500 students a year take university level courses at the College in 15 different subjects. The latest College statistics show that 96% of students go on to employment on successful completion of their course, or a top-up year to gain a degree with honours. The tuition fees are £6,500 a year.
The Sheffield College – which is Ofsted graded ‘Good’ - provides academic, vocational and professional courses up to degree level to 20,000 young people and adults a year, and has a £321 million economic impact on the city annually. Qualifications include apprenticeships, vocational diplomas, A Levels, access courses and foundation degrees.
This year’s graduates have completed university level qualifications in a range of subjects including animal management, civil engineering, construction, creative media production, electrical engineering, environmental conservation, events and tourism management, graphic design, media production, music, performing arts, photography, public services, sports and exercise coaching, and teaching.