Find, follow, and fulfil your dreams with a degree from US
How University Studies at West Suffolk College strives to make degree study possible for everyone.
“When I talk to people who are hoping to study for a degree, the first thing I notice is how impossible they think it will be for them,” observes Dr Meredith, Executive Dean at University Studies at West Suffolk College (USWSC). “That’s why we have made it our mission to make a degree possible for anyone who has the commitment and passion to achieve.
And that’s not just lip service. USWSC has made fundamental and innovative changes to the way it delivers its degree programmes to ensure that study is flexible, low cost, fully supported and inclusive; regardless of age, background, qualification or life commitments.
Degrees on your doorstep
There are many benefits to keeping it local when it comes to choosing a course of degree study. The ability to study without leaving your home, family or your job keeps things more manageable and less costly. USWSC has a range of 25 degrees, all accredited by the University of East Anglia – one of the leading universities in the country – so choice and quality are no longer something that need be compromised on. The College also offers a comprehensive range of HNC and HND provided via Pearson and Access programmes.
No time? No problem...
Finding time to study for a degree can be extremely challenging especially if you’re a parent or need to work alongside your studies, which is why most of the degree courses at USWSC can be taken either full-time or part-time. “We arrange class timetables with childcare and work patterns in mind and we’re understanding about time on-site and workload management. We want study to be compatible with real life,” continues Dr Meredith.
Removing the cost barrier
Recognising that a big challenge to embarking on a degree is affordability, USWSC has made their degrees lower cost than most universities and ensure students have access to financial support like loans, childcare grants, bursaries and scholarships.
Size does matter
Many students considering the university experience may be concerned about the scale of it, particularly in light of the Covid pandemic. USWSC prides itself in offering an intimate learning environment with smaller class sizes and higher than average ratio of lecturers to students, which makes for more focused and engaged students in a calmer environment where students support each other.
Realising that many learners require additional support to help them navigate the journey of combining degree study with life commitments, support on offer at the College includes a Pastoral Support Tutor, an Academic Skills Advice Team and a Professional Careers Support Team. The College’s philosophy is one of nurturing learners; helping them to find their feet, their talent, their pace and their place.
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In conclusion, Dr Meredith is keen to get this message across, “If you think you can’t afford a degree, can’t fit the study in, have left it too late, don’t have the qualifications or are worried about the university experience – think again. Between us we’ll do our utmost to make it work.”
Visit universitystudies.wsc.ac.uk to find out more.