Furness College has launched a new drive to encourage adult learners back into education by creating a new nightschool for business degrees.
The college will introduce a HNC and HND in Business from September 2021 with entry focused on experience rather than prior qualifications. Students can then ‘top up’ to a degree after completing their HND.
The idea is to support people who might have several years of industry experience but no university qualification to enable them to progress in their careers.
Head of Area for Business Simon Irving said the suite of programmes had been developed to fit around job and family life and could be studied at the Channelside campus in Barrow.
“This is an exciting new way to open doors for many adult learners who can work through the qualifications at their own pace. We have listened to what students are wanting and they are interested in progressing their careers through a nightschool structure because they simply don’t have time in the day.
“We welcome applications from anyone who can demonstrate industry experience because we value the knowledge that their time in the workplace will have given them and they can do GCSEs alongside if they want to.”
The college is also launching a foundation degree in project management to meet the needs of the local community where project management is a popular career choice.
Furness College Principal and Chief Executive Professor Andrew Wren said: “We’ve had a bit of a rethink of our offer and done some research and we are aware that the perceived traditional degree route via A Levels is not something many adults want to do.
“This new route focuses on the benefits of industry experience and we think it will appeal to a lot of people.”
To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title of Business Nightschool.
Head of Area for Business Simon Irving