Major Boost to University
University of Bradford has successfully applied for funding to expand
its student base from September 2003.
The Higher Education Funding
Council for England (HEFCE) has supported the University's growth plans
by allocating an additional 372 places with increased funding building
up to £1.8m per annum from 2005/6.
The funding will allow additional
students to enrol onto the University's Foundation Degrees in Health and
Social Care and Engineering Technology.
University of Bradford's Professor
of Lifelong Learning, Geoff Layer, said: "These courses are radical new
initiatives which reflect the University of Bradford's role as providing
vocational higher education and its record as a leading University in
widening participation and supporting students to succeed in their future
These new courses are designed
to provide a curriculum which provides:
- Key skills to support the
development and integration of learning
- Learning in the workplace
to ensure employment relevance
- Up-to-date subject content
Foundation Degrees are offered in partnership with Bradford College with
a number of the modules provided by the College and the remainder by the
University. Each Foundation Degree is based on a common set of core modules
with specialist modules for a particular route and a series of options.
This design enables both choice and specialism within the curriculum.
The Foundation Degrees are
designed to be studied on either a full- or part-time basis. The inclusion
of workplace learning within the curriculum makes the preparation for
employment more focused and the curriculum enables the development of
Successful completion of the
Foundation Degree enables progression to an Honours degree with a need
only to study for another year on a full-time basis.
As well as the above courses
Foundation Degrees are being launched in:
- Crime Prevention and Community
- Community Health Development
- Teaching Support
- IT User Support
- IT and Information Systems
- Enterprise in IT
- Early Years n Sales
- Service Sector Management
Bradford College's Head of
Applied Human Studies, Karen Birch, said: "The College is excited at the
prospect of further collaboration with the University in the delivery
of the Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care, as it will allow us
to build on our well established relationship in this field to enhance
and improve the educational opportunities for the people of Bradford."
The new degrees are part of
the Government's agenda for higher education and have been developed in
partnership with employers. In the health sector there will be an additional
240 places for a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care in partnership
with the National Health Service University. This will enable staff working
in the health sector to update and improve their skills and will focus
on a combination of learning in the workplace and in the classroom.
The Foundation Degree in Engineering
Technology, which starts in September 2003, has been developed in close
collaboration with key employers, training providers and a network of
local colleges. Their help in designing the course ensures that the Foundation
Degree is directly relevant to the technical needs of industry.
The Foundation Degree will
be delivered at accessible venues across the North of England, developing
progression routes for industry-based learners undertaking, for example,
Advanced Modern Apprenticeships. The courses have been set up at Bradford
College, Bishop Auckland College, South West Durham Training Ltd., and
Professor Jeff Lucas, said: "The University was at the heart of the Foundation
Degree initiative when it was launched two years ago and this award, which
is above the average for the sector, demonstrates confidence in our mission
as a progressive University."