SOUTH DEVON COLLEGE University course applications are up 25%, bucking the national trend shown in official figures released by UCAS yesterday.
The figures showed an unexpected 2.8% increase in overall numbers nationally, with South Devon College's numbers significantly higher at 25% more applications, compared with the same time last year.
The University of Exeter has seen an increase of 24.6% and Plymouth University has seen an increase of 2.85%.
Alastair Wilson, South Devon College's Higher Education Manager, commented: "This big increase is an indication of how the excellent reputation of our university courses is now spreading. We've also seen a big increase in our own further education students progressing to our university courses; showing they enjoy their studies at the College and can see the value of staying with us to gain a higher education qualification. Many students find it uneconomic to study away from home; our range of university degrees is now comprehensive so students can gain the degree they want without having to move. And as we can now offer level 6 (the final year of an honours degree) in some subjects, there is even more reason to study at university level at South Devon College."
HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) has just awarded the College more university places to grow further – and they are still taking applications for courses starting in September.