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Study Finds Support for Fast Track Degrees


New two-year Fast Track degrees are valued by professional bodies and employers and provide real benefits for students, according to an independent study.

Independent research by Sheffield Hallam University, published by the Higher Education Academy shows Sector Skills Council and professional body support for the new degrees and confidence that they will be the same quality as standard three year honours degrees.

The research also found demand from employers and students.

The two-year courses are said to offer more intensive studying, with students often working through the summer vacation.

Minister for Higher Education Bill Rammell said: “The Fast Track degree pilots are a powerful example of how Higher Education Institutions can offer creative and innovative new programmes - so that they meet the needs of students and fit better with their circumstances.”

He added: "I would also like to stress that Fast Track degrees are certainly no easy option, students who can apply themselves to complete a full honours degree in two years will have the skills and attitude required to succeed in some of the most demanding professions".

There are currently Fast Track degree pilots at three universities - Derby, Leeds Metropolitan and Staffordshire. Subjects currently offered include: Business Studies, Sport Coaching, Tourism, Geography and Law. Several other universities have applied to run additional pilots from next September.


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