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CU Coven­try, part of the Coven­try Uni­ver­sity Group, has be­come in­volved in a ground-break­ing new ini­tia­tive with Sandwell Col­lege whose stu­dents will be of­fered ca­reer-defin­ing de­gree cour­ses.

Sandwell Col­lege has signed a part­ner­ship with CU Coven­try to of­fer Coven­try Uni­ver­sity’s HNC, HND and de­gree qual­i­fi­ca­tions at the col­lege’s £70 mil­lion Ad­vanced & Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre in West Bromwich.

Ranked num­ber 12 UK uni­ver­sity in the Guardian Uni­ver­sity Guide 2018, and awarded the TEF Gold stan­dard, Coven­try Uni­ver­sity is an ideal match for Sandwell Col­lege, which is now ranked 12th in the coun­try for its achieve­ment rates, ac­cord­ing to Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills National Achieve­ment Rate Ta­bles in June 2017.

Higher ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents at Sandwell Col­lege will now have that all-im­por­tant uni­ver­sity ex­pe­ri­ence, with­out the liv­ing and long dis­tance travel costs, while they will also save many thou­sands of pounds in an­nual tu­ition fees, and ben­e­fit from CU Coven­try’s tar­iff en­try re­quire­ments which are not as high as with many other in­sti­tu­tions.

Many of the new cour­ses, which in­clude bi­o­log­i­cal and chem­i­cal sci­ences, com­bined en­gi­neer­ing, dig­i­tal and tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions, law and prac­tice, man­age­ment and lead­er­ship, pro­fes­sional ac­count­ing, polic­ing, pub­lic health and com­mu­nity stud­ies, of­fer stu­dents the po­ten­tial to achieve an aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tion, plus a pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tion, which will help make them even more at­trac­tive to em­ploy­ers.

The qual­i­fi­ca­tions awarded by the uni­ver­sity have the same value as they would if learn­ers stud­ied them at Coven­try Uni­ver­sity.

The flex­i­ble-start uni­ver­sity pro­grammes will run along­side the col­lege’s ex­ist­ing suc­cess­ful higher ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses in ac­cess to health, art, au­to­mo­tive di­ag­nos­tics and man­age­ment prin­ci­ples, ed­u­ca­tion and teach­ing, early years ser­vices, pho­tog­ra­phy, and sports de­vel­op­ment.

Sandwell Col­lege prin­ci­pal, Gra­ham Pennington, said: “We are de­lighted to be launch­ing this pi­o­neer­ing part­ner­ship with Coven­try Uni­ver­sity to of­fer unique and af­ford­able de­gree pro­grammes at our ac­ces­si­ble Ad­vanced & Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre in West Bromwich.

“The Sandwell Col­lege and CU Coven­try part­ner­ing will pro­vide a qual­ity uni­ver­sity ex­pe­ri­ence and unique learn­ing style to stu­dents, as well as an ethos that un­der­stands the needs of learn­ers in the lo­cal area.

“We will be work­ing closely with CU Coven­try to pro­vide ca­reer­fo­cused higher ed­u­ca­tion and give lo­cal peo­ple the best chance of suc­cess at our state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties.”

Pro-Vice-Chan­cel­lor and CEO of CU Coven­try, John Dish­man, said: “This is an ex­cit­ing new de­vel­op­ment for CU Coven­try and the first we have en­tered into. I think the part­ner­ship will greatly en­hance the op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple in the re­gion to take part in uni­ver­sity-level cour­ses.

“We are de­lighted that Sandwell Col­lege has cho­sen to work with us and we look for­ward to pool­ing our en­er­gies to de­liver a high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence to cur­rent and fu­ture learn­ers.”

To en­rol on higher ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses,call 0800 622 006.

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