Two year degrees – a UCU briefing paper
In its recent policy statement on higher education (Higher Ambitions) the Government announced its support for an increase in the number of ‘fast-track’, two-year degree programmes. In December 2009 ministers instructed the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to assess current trends in demand and to lead a debate on how ‘diverse’ provision, including accelerated degrees, can be encouraged.
This UCU briefing paper analyses the proposals for two-year degrees. It highlights the evolution of the proposals and the continuing problems, both professional and employment-related, with accelerated honours degrees.