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University fees drive students to construction

28 Sep 12 Leeds College of Building reports a 25 per cent increase in the number of students signing up to its higher education courses compared to last year as they seek an alternative to university and its tuition fees.

In recent years the college, which is the UK's largest specialist construction college, has significantly expanded the number of higher education courses it offers, meaning students can now achieve HNCs, HNDs and higher apprenticeships with both full and part-time provision available. 

Principal Ian Billyard said: “Many school and college leavers previously saw university as the natural next step but having to pay costly tuition fees has encouraged many to explore alternative options. 

“As a result we’re experiencing high demand across all our higher education courses as students look for a viable alternative to university study and this is a key area that we plan to continue developing.  We’re now looking at how we can create a route through to higher education across every apprenticeship and full-time course that we run for those students that want the opportunity to go further.”

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