Posted: 5th May 2022 | Back to news feed
Applications for degree courses at WCG have seen a significant boost since the launch of our new university centre.
WCG launched Warwickshire College and University Centre (WCUC) in December and saw a 15 per cent rise in overall applications for degree-level courses to the end of January.
The first UCAS deadline of the year has now passed and WCUC applications have risen from 480 in 2021 to 551 in 2022.
It is the first recruitment cycle for WCUC and also comes after WCG became the first college group in the UK to be granted Bachelor degree awarding powers by the Office for Students, alongside the Foundation degree awarding powers already in place.
On UCAS applications alone, we have seen a rise of 21.85 per cent in applications – with all universities nationally only experiencing an average growth of 2.1 per cent.
Compared to 2020 figures the applications across the college group for degree-level courses are up 42 per cent.
Courses including Veterinary Nursing and Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation at Moreton Morrell College have seen substantial growth.
While Computer Networks and Cybersecurity applicants at Royal Leamington Spa College and Rugby College have risen from two to 18.
Since the launch of WCUC, students are able to study and complete a Foundation degree or Honours degree awarded directly by WCUC. It is registered with the Office for Students and meets the requirements for course quality, academic standards, student support and student protection.
Steve Taylor, Dean of Higher Education at WCUC, said: “We are already seeing the positive impact of the new university centre and Bachelor degree awarding powers at the close of this first recruitment cycle.
“Prospective students have been impressed with the technical focus of our degrees and how they are designed to give graduates the skills to immediately make a contribution to the economy after graduation.
“Our applicant figures are outperforming competitor institutions and the Higher Education sector as a whole, which is evidence of the growing reputation of our degree-level provision.
“The first UCAS deadline has now passed, but there will still be opportunities for further students to join us later in the year through the clearing process.”
WCUC delivers Higher Education courses from Royal Leamington Spa College, Evesham College, Rugby College, Moreton Morrell College, Pershore College, Warwick Trident College and Malvern Hills Centre for Digital & Cyber Technology.
Join our Moreton Morrell Degree Open Event on Saturday 18 June, from 10am to 2pm.
Moreton Morrell College Degree Open Events are designed to assist you in making the right decision about where to study, as you will experience what it is like to be a Warwickshire College and University Center Higher Education (i.e. degree-level) student and discover our facilities for yourself.
The event is ticketed but completely free, so you can come and take a tour of our stunning campus, meet the lecturers and see our specialist learning facilities in-person.
To get your tickets please visit our dedicated booking page and choose the subject area and time slot of interest. You may bring up to one guest with you on the day, due to the need to maintain safe groups, but they will also require a ticket for the same time slot.
If you’re interested in finding out more about studying with us from September 2022, please visit our website, where you can find more about our accommodation, subject areas and the ability to apply online.
For degree level courses at our Royal Leamington Spa, Pershore, Evesham, Warwick Trident, Malvern Science Park and Rugby colleges, please book a place at one of our general Open Events, held at each of those colleges.
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