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All quiet on the western front

PUBLISHED: 15:49 22 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:04 22 October 2010

A quiet revolution has been taking place in West Norfolk and the Fens over the last few years - a development that has already changed the lives of hundreds of local people by improving their employment opportunities and opening their eyes to amazing possibilities.

A quiet revolution has been taking place in West Norfolk and the Fens over the last few years - a development that has already changed the lives of hundreds of local people by improving their employment opportunities and opening their eyes to amazing possibilities.

What is this change? It is the provision of degree level courses at the College of West Anglia, and the launch of the college's new undergraduate book for the 2007-2008 academic year provides the opportunity to find out more about it.

Students at the college are a very diverse group of people, reflecting the changes there have been in higher education in recent years. The college is proud that many of its students are mature, and come from backgrounds which are not traditionally associated with Higher Education.

Many are parents of young children who simply would not be able to study at this level in any other way.

The Access to Higher Education programmes are principally for mature people who have been out of education for some time.

They provide a proven route towards degree level study and, if you think going straight into a degree would be too much, provide the ideal first steps back to learning.

Increasingly, though, young people are studying degrees locally - whether for financial reasons, because the programme offers the courses they want to follow or simply because they prefer to stay in their home area.

There is a huge range of options and courses which can be studied at the College of West Anglia.

It is possible to study for full three year BA or BSc degrees such as psychosocial studies - an exciting and innovative new course for 2006 - fine art and programmes involving history, English and sociology.

There are Higher National Diplomas and Certificates in areas ranging from engineering to landbased studies to health and social studies.

Foundation Degrees are new qualifications particularly aimed at vocational areas.

The Early Years programme has been established for some time while the Popular Music course is a more recent development.

Courses are offered both at the King's Lynn campus and at the Isle campus in Wisbech and at the Milton campus, just outside Cambridge.

The college's aim is to continue to develop new programmes both in Kings Lynn and at its other campuses.

Almost all of the higher education programmes are delivered through the college's relationship with Anglia Ruskin University - the new name for Anglia Polytechnic University.

The college believes this illustrates the university's drive for dynamic change and the pursuit of excellence.

Anglia Ruskin's position in league tables is increasing rapidly, and on many courses, College of West Anglia students achieve results that are better than the University average.

“These are exciting times for both the College of West Anglia and Anglia Ruskin,” said a university spokesman. “The relationship between the two institutions is drawing closer with important and innovative announcements for further developments likely to be made over the next year.

“You can be sure that together the College and University will work for the benefit of the people of West Norfolk and the Fens.”

t For more information or to request a copy of the new undergraduate book call the college on 01553 761144.


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