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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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