DEGREE courses are now on offer from a Warwickshire college group, via its newly-launched university centre.
Warwickshire College and University Centre (WCUC) will oversee the degree-level education at college group WCG – formerly Warwickshire College Group – which includes six colleges across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
The new university centre follows on from WCG becoming the first college group in the UK to be granted both Bachelor degree awarding powers by the Office for Students, alongside the Foundation degree awarding powers already in place.
Prospective students who apply to study a Higher Education course with WCG can now be enrolled on Warwickshire College awards under the new Warwickshire College and University Centre banner.
This includes WCG’s colleges in Leamington, Rugby, Moreton Morrell, Warwick, Evesham and Pershore. Degrees taught at Moreton Morrell continue to be awarded by Coventry University.
Degree courses will also be run from Malvern Hills Centre for Digital and Cyber Technology.
Students are able to study and complete either a Foundation degree or an Honours degree awarded directly by Warwickshire College and University Centre.
It is registered with the Office for Students and meets the requirements for course quality, academic standards, student support and student protection.
New degrees will be introduced including BA Graphic Design and Photography, BEng Engineering, BSc Agritech and BA Animation.
Steve Taylor, Dean of Higher Education at Warwickshire College and University Centre, said: “For prospective students looking to study with us in 2022 they will now be applying through UCAS to Warwickshire College and University Centre.
“Warwickshire College and University Centre degrees have a strong technical focus and are designed to support the Government’s drive to develop skilled individuals who can make an immediate positive impact on the economy after graduation.
“As part of launching the new centre, we have been working across each college to enhance our offer and facilities to meet the relevant industry and sector standards.”
Angela Joyce, CEO of WCG, added: “The launch of Warwickshire College and University Centre is a major step in the continued growth and development of the Higher Education provision at the college group.
“Since we were awarded Bachelor degree awarding powers, we have been working towards opening up the new university centre and curating our own degree courses.
“We look forward to welcoming the inaugural Warwickshire College and University Centre cohort of students in September 2022.”
WCUC will be hosting degree-level open days across its seven sites in January, with the first event taking place on Tuesday January 11 at Leamington College.
Visit www.wcuc.ac.uk for more information about Warwickshire College and University Centre and upcoming open days.