Our Viewpoint series tackles some of the big questions in higher education and offers our opinion on key topics. In the latest QAA Viewpoint, we look at accelerated degrees. While these degrees are nothing new, recent policy changes in England, including changes to tuition fees and an upcoming government consultation that will explore ways of encouraging this, puts the spotlight back on this type of provision.
Accelerated degrees, sometimes known as fast-track or two-year degrees, are full degrees that are completed a year earlier than a traditional undergraduate programme. To manage this, the academic year has more teaching weeks, akin to full-time employment.
To support our thinking, and gain an insight into the benefits and challenges of delivering accelerated degrees, we asked people working at three universities already offering them (Andrea Cameron, Abertay University; Chris Maguire, BPP University; and Nigel Thomas, Staffordshire University) to share their experiences. Their answers to our questions are published alongside the Viewpoint for reference.