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18th January 2024

Five reasons students choose college over university for Higher Education

Deciding to go on to higher education is always a significant milestone in a student’s life, and choosing the right path can make all the difference. For many students, colleges have become the ideal place for studying beyond Level 3 or A-levels. Here are five compelling reasons why:

1. Career Pathways: Tailored to Your Needs

One of the main reasons students opt for higher education is the promise of an exciting career. It could be said that in trying to cater for everyone, universities can sometimes lose sight of that. At the College, we keep our focus on careers and opportunities in all the courses we offer. Whether you’re aiming for a promotion, looking to switch careers, or just starting out in the world of work, our HNCs, HNDs and Top-Up courses are designed to get you where you need to be.

2. Local and Flexible: Balancing Life’s Commitments

We recognise that life can feel like a juggling act at times. Unlike traditional higher education routes, the College aims to provide students with the flexibility they need to study alongside other commitments, such as work, family life, or other personal pursuits. The fact that our five campuses are in the heart of Liverpool city centre and are easily accessible means that students can seamlessly integrate higher education into their lives.

3. Better Value for Money

It’s no secret that many people are feeling financial pressure from many different directions now; we don’t think the cost of education should be one of them. Often, students choose college for HE because college programs offer better value for money compared to traditional university degrees. This means students can invest in their education without accumulating overwhelming student debt, making the path to success an easier one.

4. Industry Standard Facilities: Shaped by Employers

Here at the College, we’re not about courses, we’re about careers. That’s why our facilities are designed to give you the best possible transition into industry. From cutting-edge digital technologies to state-of-the-art laboratories and mock building sites, students who choose college benefit from an immersive learning environment that prepares them for the challenges and expectations of the real world. Employers actively contribute to shaping our facilities, ensuring graduates enter the workforce with skills that industry needs.

5. Dedicated Higher Education Support Systems

Beyond the classroom, we support each student during every step of their journey. We have a range of dedicated higher education support systems in place, offering counselling and mental health services, career guidance, childcare support and personal development coaches. As a college with strong ties to the local community and with an extensive alumni network, we recognise that success goes beyond academics. Our goal is not just to teach students, but to facilitate their personal and professional growth.

If you’re looking to take the next steps toward your dream career, and are interested in enrolling at our University Centre on one of the our HE courses, you can find out more, here:

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