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Specialist agreement signed between the University and Suffolk New College

15 Jan 2016 2:00PM

A Progression Agreement has been signed between the University and Suffolk New College which will benefit students on business courses.

We have been developing agreements with a small number of schools and colleges in order to support and encourage Suffolk students to progress to higher education.

This agreement means students who achieve a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism, Business or Information Technology at Suffolk New College will be able to benefit from a guaranteed Higher Education (HE) place at the University if entry requirements are met. This will enable students to progress to one of the undergraduate degree programmes within the Suffolk Business School, namely BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management, BA (Hons) Business Management, BSc (Hons) Business Management and Information Technology, BA (Hons) Event Management, BA (Hons) Event and Tourism Management, BA (Hons) Tourism Management.

Teams from Business and Travel and Tourism at Suffolk New College, met with academics from the Suffolk Business School to discuss a range of activities to raise students awareness of the benefits of Higher Education and how to access this. Activities will include: visiting the University for taster events and guest lectures; working together to review assessment methods to help prepare students for academic level and developing curriculum to meet employer needs. Travel and Tourism is particularly important to the economy of Suffolk and it is important young people are aware of the exciting opportunities that working in this sector can offer. Students at Suffolk New College benefit from a range of work experience opportunities and further opportunities to develop work experience projects with the University are being explored to further enrich the student experience.

Julie Minns, Head of School for Business, Health & Child Care at Suffolk New College, says "Suffolk New College continuously seeks opportunities to raise and support the aspirations of young people by widening access to higher education in Suffolk. There has always been a close and very positive working relationship with the University of Suffolk and this progression agreement is further evidence of the benefits collaborative working has on the future education of young people."

"This agreement and supporting collaborative activities will help raise young peoples awareness of the exciting employment opportunities both here in Suffolk and nationally following successful completion of studies in either Business or Travel and Tourism within Further or Higher Education. Students at Suffolk New College benefit greatly from real work experience opportunities with a range of large employers associated with both Business and Travel and Tourism. This enables them to apply the knowledge gained and enhance their employability skills, something universities value alongside academic ability."

Professor Simon Hallsworth, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Art, Business and Applied Social Science says "By offering students a guaranteed place, progression agreements not only cement the positive links we at UCS have with our local schools and colleges, they make the journey into higher education far more comprehensible and easier to navigate for students."