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Blackburn College bucks university trend
UNIVERSITY students are on the increase in Blackburn as applications fall nationally.
Nationally university applications which have been accepted have dropped six per cent, ahead of this summer’s A level results and the subsequent clearing process.
However Blackburn College is bucking the trend with a seven per cent rise in applications.
The University Centre at Blackburn College (UCBC) has around 1400 applications for full-time undergraduate courses which does not include applications the college is querying. The college is attributing the rise to a desire to study locally and affordably and they are keen to stress there are still more than 900 places available.
College principal Ian Clinton said: “UCBC is really bucking the trend. Applications are seven per cent up, while national statistics show a six per cent decline.
“This is proof that studying locally can be an affordable and desirable option. Although there are still places available, we feel our success is due to our approach of offering students better value for money with high contact time, small class sizes and a range of dedicated support teams.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming the next set of students in September.”
Places are still available, and the college is keen to emphasise it is still taking applications.
To date, 74 students have achieved First Class honours degrees at UCBC this year there is due to be an increase in the number of students graduating with Upper Second Class – or 2:1 degrees.
Although some results are still to be confirmed, the college looks set to achieve another year in which one in five students graduate with a First Class Honours.
To apply for a place at Blackburn College visit www.blackburn.ac.uk/ clearing or call the clearing hotline 01254 292594.
A clearing and careers open event is taking place on Thursday, August 29 from 2pm to 7pm.
The college still has places available in engineering courses including HNDs in mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as degrees in the new Futures Centre with state-of-the-art facilities.
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