The Autumn ‘back to school’ mood often inspires adults to consider returning to learning, and in Beverley, people of any age can study for a degree right on their doorstep.
University-level courses covering a wide range of subjects are available to study full or part time at East Riding College on Flemingate. There are a diverse range of higher-level qualifications on offer, including HNCs, HNDs, foundation degrees, full degrees, masters and teacher training courses. Subjects range from sport to engineering, media to social science and counselling to public sector management - and many more besides.
Studying locally can reap rewards, it makes studying alongside working and family life more manageable, it can reduce travel and accommodation costs compared to studying further afield, and it doesn’t mean compromising on the quality of the education on offer. Most of East Riding College’s degrees are awarded by the University of Hull, and other well-established and respected awarding organisations such as Pearson, who award high national qualifications and the University of Huddersfield, who award some of the College’s teacher training provision.
Paul Smith, Director of HE at the College said, “The benefits of studying for a degree at East Riding College are best summed up by saying: University-level education without the university-level price tag. Our fees are very reasonable and our students can literally save thousands of pounds compared to typical university fees, over the course of a three-year honours degree. People can sometimes be put off by the idea of studying for a degree-level course full-time - or even part-time - especially if they are working, but they shouldn’t be.
"Full-time degree study can be challenging, but the number of taught hours might be a lot less than first thought. Many of our students juggle work, family and study, and come out with tremendous results.”
Unlike a lot of universities, the College is also starting the new academic year delivering the majority of teaching on all of its degree level programmes face-to-face, rather than online, ensuring (socially distanced) support from tutors, deemed especially important for new starters.
The College holds a TEF Silver rating, ensuring the quality of its provision is on a par with many much larger universities, and was the No.1 college or university in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey in July 2020. 93% of students surveyed also agreed that East Riding College “staff value students’ views and opinions about the course”, which is significantly above national benchmarks. 93% said staff are “good at explaining things” and 91% said they get “timely” and “helpful” feedback from their tutors.
It’s not too late to apply through Clearing for courses starting this October at East Riding College. Whether you want to stay close to home, need to fit study around your job or family, or are just looking to study somewhere different, go along to the open event on Saturday 10 October, or go online here.