Date: 18/11/2010

Business Secretary, Vince Cable has given the Government's approval to Lord Browne’s report calling for an unlimited level of tuition fees for students. It calls for the current £3,290 cap on fees to be scrapped and replaced by a free market, in which universities set their own charges for different courses.

Accepting the ‘broad thrust’ of the report, Mr Cable suggested that students might expect to pay fees of about £7,000 - more than double than at present - with the option of a higher level of fee.

The current fee charged for a Foundation Degree at the Wath based college is £2,100 which is considerably less than £3,290, the amount which institutions are allowed to charge at present. Anyone who has been educated within South Yorkshire post-11 may also be eligible for a DVC HE Bursary of £300 per year.

The college offers a number of full and part-time Foundation Degrees and the Certificate in Education (Cert Ed/PGCE) validated by partner universities; Leeds Metropolitan University (LMU), Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and the University of Huddersfield.

A Foundation Degree allows the student to study two years at DVC and then top up their qualification to a full degree in a related subject at a partner university. Along with our excellent IQER review in March 2010, this is a contributing factor to the recent increase in HE numbers at the college. In addition, the college is seeking validation for third year top-up honours degrees.

The college has recently appointed Andy Parkes as Higher Level Skills Manager who will be responsible for widening participation for Higher Education courses for individuals and employers in the local community.

Andy Parkes, DVC Higher Level Skills (HE) Manager commented:
“Any increase in fees will have a really detrimental impact on anyone considering accessing full and part time HE across South Yorkshire, especially within the Dearne Valley.  We are currently developing a range of part-time and unit delivery to facilitate bite size Foundation Degrees to allow flexible study and payment options. We hope that this will encourage adults and young people to access HE and increase HE participation within our under-represented communities. Students can still base themselves from home and continue with their jobs in the workplace, saving money on accommodation, travel as well as on their course fees”.

On Thursday 9 December 2010, DVC are hosting a Higher Education (HE) Information Evening for prospective students to find out the benefits of studying locally. Attendance to the Higher Education Information Evening is by registration only. To book a place visit

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