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A cheaper degree?
06 September 2018
More students are applying for two-year degrees in order to cut costs. Universities such as the University of Buckingham offer a range of these shorter degrees for around £25,000 - however other institutions have costs as low as £18,500, a huge saving on the £27,750 for three years.
Universities offering two-year degrees include Staffordshire, Greenwich and Northampton, all of which report an increase in student applications.
Buckingham was the first and by far the biggest provider, with two-year courses in almost every discipline - including accountancy! They report an increase in applications from 1,340 in 2016-2017 to 1,474 in 2017-2018. The number of students accepted onto courses last September was 284, a 31% year-on-year increase.
The increase in popularity of these degrees is likely because of the difficulties many students and parents face in covering the costs of tuition and living expenses. A study by HSBC found that four out of five students worked part time to help them afford costs, and parents pay an average of £8,412 to support children through university.
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