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Higher Education in Britain is changing - over 200,000 people in the UK study HE at their local FE College. Lincoln College has run courses at this level very successfully for over thirty years. Fewer people in Lincoln and Lincolnshire have studied a higher education course than nationally, so we work hard to provide courses that are linked very closely to the skills needs of the local and regional economy – in other words we train people with the skills that businesses need now, or will need in the near future.
Gone are the days when students just picked something they were interested in: there has been a significant shift to choosing to study something where there is a greater chance of a job at the end. Add to this the focus on living nearer to home, smaller class sizes and access to amazing resources online, and an FE College looks like a great option.
And we can’t forget the impact of the considerable difference in tuition fees. Most of the Higher Education courses available at Lincoln College cost just £5,500 per year. Our students can also apply for a £250 cash bursary and may be eligible for part of the pot of £15,000 the college has to support those struggling financially. While there are no up-front fees (course fees are deferred until graduates are earning £21k per year which equates to a payment of just £7 per week) this still means Lincoln College graduates could be facing a debt £10,000 less than their university peers.
Studying a higher level course at a Further Education College is a different experience to that of going to a large University. For example, teaching tends to be more interactive with smaller class sizes. Teaching also tends to focus on the practical application of theory to practice via laboratory and workshop environments. We have a very supportive tutorial system to enhance academic progress and provide support for pastoral or personal issues. Our learning resources centre with a range of books, journals and e-resources is excellent, and partnerships with Universities (via the Inspire campaign) means students can access the very best resources. Specialist workshop, laboratory, computer rooms and sporting facilities also exist for HE students providing the necessary practical environments for applied and work related learning.