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College offers alternative route for HE qualifications

August 16, 2012

Young people receiving their A Level results next week (Thursday 16 August) are being encouraged to consider studying HE qualifications at West Cheshire College, as an alternative to university.

Briony Smith (centre) is studying a Foundation Degree in Computer Science

Briony Smith, 19 from Neston, chose to study a Foundation Degree in Computer Science after finishing her A Levels.

Briony said: “I decided to do the Foundation Degree as I didn’t feel that I was ready for the atmosphere of university. I liked the idea of the Foundation Degree as it was a step up from college without taking the big plunge of going to university.

“I chose this degree as you can go into a variety of jobs - the possibilities of working within the computer and IT industry are limitless. I have just finished my first year of the course and I am really enjoying it.

“The course is very hands-on so you can put the theory into practice. This really helps us to learn and is great experience for when we come to work in the industry.

“I have done a lot of work placements through the College. I was one of the three people that set up the College radio station, Daemon Radio, which is broadcast around the world via the internet and I have also done a placement with Heart FM.”

Daniella Johnson, 20, from Deeside, has just completed her first year of HND in Performing Arts - Technical Theatre. She said: “The course is great as it includes a lot of practical and hands-on work. Through the course I have gained the skills and experience to go on and set up my own business and I combine my studies with running my own event company ScareTech. We came up with the idea as part of a project for the course and it became so successful we decided to continue with it as a business.

“After finishing my HND next year, I would like to stay on for the third year and complete a degree. Hopefully when I finish my degree, ScareTech will be thriving and I’ll be in a position to take a good salary from the company.”

West Cheshire College’s higher education fees are set at £3375 per year compared to average university fees which have significantly increased to £7-9k per year.

Sara Mogel, Principal at West Cheshire College, said: “With the rising cost of university tuition fees this September, we’re encouraging students to consider West Cheshire College as an alternative place to study. Our HE courses have a number of advantages - they are very flexible so people can choose to work as well as study, tuition fees are less and many people continue to live at home therefore helping to reduce living costs.”

The College has teamed up with University of Chester and Staffordshire University to deliver various programmes including Foundation Degrees in Business Manufacturing Technology, Electrical and Electronic Technology, Mechanical Technology, Fitness and Health, ICT, Childcare and Teaching Assistance.

In addition the College also delivers Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) – equivalent to the first and second years of a degree - in the following subjects: drama, technical theatre, dance, events, chemistry, biology, health and social care, childcare, hospitality management, travel and tourism, creative media production, art and design, business and public services.

For more information about studying HE courses at West Cheshire College call the College hotline on 01244 656 555 or visit

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