The UK government has announced plans for the creation of fast-track two year degrees. These degrees are intended to offer student flexibility by condensing the same course content of three year degrees in a shorter time period by increasing weekly lecture times and reducing holidays.
The Department for Education has stressed that the fast-track degree would carry the same weight as the current undergraduate model. However, there have been criticisms of the cost of these degrees, as Universities will be able to charge more than £13,000 a year for a three-year degree cut down to two years as opposed to the current tuition fee limit of £9,000 per year.
The government has argued that the fee increase should apply to these accelerated courses as universities will be investing the same resources in the fast-track students as in those studying for a conventional degree.
The Russell Group director, which represents 24 leading universities, has also expressed concerns on the impact on the quality of learning in attempting to condense a three year course in such a short period of time.
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