Fast-track degrees to help Bucks New University graduates start career quicker

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Date: 30th Oct 2020

Buckinghamshire New University’s graduates will have the opportunity to start their professional, managerial and technical careers quicker following the launch of its new accelerated degrees.

The University has developed accelerated degrees in response to COVID-19 as a way of increasing flexibility in its undergraduate course offerings to students. By allowing a new entry point midway through the academic year, students can now start their first year of some degrees as early as January 2021 and finish next July, so they are ready to start their second year next September.

The change will widen access to undergraduate degrees for people in a range of situations, including those whose circumstances have changed because of the pandemic, international students, and others who prefer not to wait until September to enter higher education. Accelerated degrees are being offered in subjects including business management, computing, and law.

The University already has strong links with local businesses and the accelerated degrees will help its graduates to secure local employment quicker. Recent data from the Guardian University Guide 2020 found that the South East is the second most popular region for the University’s graduates to enter graduate-level employment (professional, managerial and technical occupations).

The launch of accelerated degrees comes as the University is also introducing degrees with shorter foundation years across a range of subjects. Students can now start foundation years in January and finish in July – once passed, they are guaranteed a place on their chosen course ready to start their undergraduate degrees in September.

Dr Rachel Cragg, Pro Vice-Chancellor External Engagement at Buckinghamshire New University, said: “At a time of such uncertainty for young people, we are proud to offer greater flexibility and access to many of our undergraduate degrees. This aligns with our strategic commitments to develop potential, widen participation and transform lives, which remain undeterred despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We have a strong record for equipping students with the skills they need to secure local employment and support local businesses. I hope our new degrees will continue this positive trend.”

The University’s School of Business, Law, and Computing is offering the majority of the accelerated degrees with its business courses expected to be in high demand following recent successes in national university rankings.

In this year’s Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, teaching quality at Buckinghamshire New University ranked first in the UK for Business Studies and third in student experience. The National Student Survey 2020 revealed that overall satisfaction was 100% for the undergraduate BA (Hons) Business and Finance course.

In this year’s Guardian University Guide, the University climbed 20 places to 14 for Business, Management and Marketing. It climbed 63 places to 53 out of all business schools, which represents the second highest rise in the UK for this area.

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