When it comes to applying for university, it’s not uncommon to be overwhelmed by the variety of options that are open to students. Obviously, when joining a university, the main degree that you can study is a normal undergraduate degree, but there are lots of different types, whether those be Sandwich Courses, a PGCE degree or a Foundation degree, there are plenty of options open.
One of the growing degrees in terms of popularity is that of the Two-Year degree, which we have provided you with a useful guide for, so let’s jump in and see what a Two-Year degree is and how you can apply for one!
Two-Year degrees are also known as Accelerated degrees. A Two-Year degree does exactly what it says on the side of the tin, it is a degree that is studied in two years, rather than the usual three-year undergraduate degree. They’re not too dissimilar in terms of content, it’s just that the course and it’s content is condensed into a shorter time period.
The downside to a Two-Year degree? You’re probably not going to have much of a summer or much of a holiday break either. You’ll most likely have to stay at university during the summer, so as to condense everything into the allotted time and you’ll have a hell of a lot of work to be getting on with!
Another downside to a Two-Year degree is that it will cost more than a normal degree, however, you will save a lot of money on university equipment and on accommodation as a result and university accommodation is particularly difficult to juggle as it is, looking for last minute accommodation after Clearing can be especially difficult.
The government have encouraged more and more universities to offer Fast-Track courses to students. A Fast-Track course is (like the Two-Year degree) exactly what it sounds like. It is a course that aims to get students fast-tracked through their course.
A Fast-Track course is not really a course that you can select, it is a category of degree, that can apply to normal undergraduate degrees, Foundation degrees or even to a Master’s degree.
With the government making more and more changes to the Higher Education and Research Bill, you can expect to see more and more fast-track courses popping up everywhere.
Unfortunately no, they do not.
Some universities have been offering Two-Year degrees for a long time, and some don’t offer them at all. Universities like the University of Exeter or the University of Sheffield offer two-year degrees for certain subjects but are looking to expand further. While the University of Buckingham has been offering Two-Year degrees since 1976, which is when Two-Year degrees were first introduced to the UK.
A Two-Year degree is no different from any of the normal degrees that you can find at university. They offer the same result at the end of them, they’re just finished quicker than your normal degrees.
Well, a Two-Year degree will cost more than a normal undergraduate degree in terms of fees. Your money that you pay to the university will be slightly more as you are expediting your education process.
However, in the long-run, a Two-Year degree will cost a lot less than a normal degree. The reason for this is because you will be saving a year’s worth of spending. A year of spending can be a good thing for you and as a student, you’re going to be needing to keep an eye on the pennies as it is. You will be to save a year’s worth of rent, bills, books and more by doing a Two-Year degree.
You’ll still need to keep an eye on the purse strings, however, and you can look at some tips on how to save money as a student and see what you can save money on, as well as take advantage of a number of student discounts.
The two courses are not necessarily any more or less expensive, the difference between the two is the funding that is received for the two courses.
Universities have come to the conclusion that as you’re studying in less time, you probably won’t need as much money as those that are studying a full three-year course. Whether or not you agree with that is up to you.
The funding difference is around £3,000. You see, most undergraduate students receive around £9,000-a-year, meanwhile, Two-Year degree students will receive around £6,000.
A Two-Year degree can seem very confusing and can also be a rather expensive endeavour for you to look into, so we recommend doing as much research as possible and see if you are eligible for any bursaries, grants or scholarships for a Two-Year degree, good luck!
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