The UK GOVERNMENT has made Seven changes in study. The UK Department of Education has decided to suspend university degrees, leading to high dropout rates and poor job prospects.
The DFE said in its statement that such programmes leave students with high levels of debt and very little or no income. As part of the plans, the Office of Students (OfS) will be asked to limit the number of students universities can recruit for such courses, the statement said.
The Prime Minister and Minister of Education announced it on July 14, 2023. While several underperforming courses are being phased out, the UK government has announced certain changes and training programmes to increase the skilled workforce, increase employability, and thereby contribute to the country’s economy.
Akshay Chaturvedi, founder and CEO of Leverage EDU & Fly, said this is a “students first” movement by the Rishi Sunak government. He added that Leverage EDU has “repeatedly tried to raise its voice against shady courses and universities. These are the general changes that the UK Student Office needs to make.
- Fee reduction: Reducing the maximum fee that universities can charge for first-year face-to-face courses. It will drop from the current £9,250 to £5,760.
- Cancel basic courses, Typically, medical and veterinary studies require one year of undergraduate study, but it has been found that this is not required for studies in subjects such as business administration. For business reasons, the basic courses have been discontinued.
- New vocational training courses at T level, new T-level courses are introduced. T-levels are equivalent to 3 A-levels (advanced level) or the UK National Curriculum’s final qualifications. A T-level focuses solely on job skills. These skills can help students find employment, higher education, or an apprenticeship. Each of these T-Levels includes a detailed 45-day industry internship.
- Higher technical qualifications, or HTQ, are highlighted. Passing HTQs are new Level 4 and 5 qualifications recognised by the UK Institute of Learning and Technical Education. There are several types of HTQ, including higher national diplomas, higher national certificates, basic notes, and higher education diplomas.
The T-Level and HTQ programmes will help build a 21 Institutes of Technology (IoT) network. IoTs are collaborations between higher education providers (FE), universities, and employers. Employers are responsible for setting the curriculum for a particular programme and making decisions. ? Indian students tend to choose STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and subjects that teach them about business. But many are considering immigration and choosing to study abroad, Chaturvedi said.
- Training In addition to classic degrees, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is expanding to allow students to apply for internships alongside traditional degrees. According to the government, this will benefit young people.
- Skill training: The UK Government will provide students and employers with a range of training opportunities to fill the skills gap.
- New digital platform, The Education Department will also launch a new digital platform this fall to allow individuals, students, and employers to access all information on apprenticeships, T-Levels, Skills Bootcamps, and courses through a single platform. 100 training positions will be renewed in sectors such as construction and health.
Suneet Singh Kochar, CEO of study abroad consultancy Fateh Education, said that as the UK has made clear it will support in-demand courses that lead to better job prospects and introduce more skills-based programmes, students will have a clear idea of which courses to study and which have better job prospects.
Many students are unsure of what to take and whether such courses are accepted in the UK or whether there are better career prospects there. Undefined seems to be missing.