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New Preparation of HE Course at Wiltshire College Starting This Week!


In autumn 07 the WVLLN were delighted to receive a bid for funding from Wiltshire College to develop and deliver a six week, part-time Preparation for HE course on a pilot basis. The course, which is starting on 16th May, will be delivered at Trowbridge Campus one day a week and is aimed at students who feel they would like to develop additional study skills before starting a foundation degree or honours degree programme. It could be particularly relevant for adults with a level 3 qualification who have been out of education for a while, or where a competence-based level 3 course did not equip them with the necessary skills for studying at level 4.

Veronica Francis, Head of Division Health Care & Social Work at Wiltshire College, explained, as an example, that they currently “recommend around 40% of the applicants to the FdSc Early Childhood Studies to undertake some sort of preparatory study”. The new course will provide an ideal progression route for these potential HE learners, and enable them to study in the locality in a way which takes current work commitments into account.

Wiltshire County Council have been interested in the three-month course as a progression route for staff onto courses such as the BSc Social Work and a range of foundation degrees. Discussion with employers led to the planned delivery mode of one day a week and fee of £95.

The course is designed to meet the needs of students progressing onto courses in a variety of subject areas and will provide an excellent opportunity for the sharing of good practice and skills. Current foundation degree students are very positive about the idea of the Preparation for HE course commenting that a course of this type “would definitely have encouraged me to apply” for higher education.

In addition, as part of the project, Wiltshire College will be developing the resources into a format which will be suitable for sharing with other FE and HE partners within the network. This will ensure that the WVLLN funding will have a wider benefit in the region.

For more information, telephone Wiltshire College on 01225 756264.

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