University Courses Information Evening

University Courses Information Evening

University Courses Information Evening: Thursday 21st June, between 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Come along and find out about the University courses available at Tameside College. We have a wide range of full - time and part - time courses available in:

  • PGCE/Certificate in Education (Post- Compulsory Education and Training)
  • BA (Hons) Education and Training
  • BA (Hons) Computer Game Visualisation and Production
  • HND/HNC in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • HND/HNC in Mechanical Engineering
  • Foundation Degree in Teaching Assistance
  • Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice
  • Foundation Degree in Sport Coaching and Fitness Therapy
  • Diploma in Management
  • AAT Accounting Level 4
  • HNC in Construction
  • HNC in Building Services
  • ACCA Fundamentals

University courses are a fantastic investment in your future, with graduates on average earning £12k per year more than non-graduates over their working lifetimes. Graduates are also half as likely to be unemployed, and twice as likely to find work again quickly if they are. Teacher Education student Neil Harrison provides an insight into what it’s like to study on a university course at Tameside College:

Neil began his career as an apprentice joiner in 1986, working his way up to managing a local company in Ashton-under-Lyne, but had always promised himself that he would go into teaching at some point.

So, in 2010 he decided to put all the skills he had learned over the years to use in a different way and enrolled on to Tameside College’s City and Guilds Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector Level 3 course, quickly followed by attendance on the Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Sector programme.

“Stepping out of the world of work and going back into education has given me a real sense of achievement,” Neil explains. “I feel as though I’m now giving something back, which is really rewarding, and it’s been great seeing the progress made, both in myself and those that I’ve been teaching.”

In 2011 Neil began on the Certification in Education and is currently on track to earning qualified teacher status by the end of the year. “Ideally, I’d like to move into post-16 teaching,” he adds. “I’ve had to put in a lot of hard work to get to this stage, but there’s a huge feeling of satisfaction when I look back at what I’ve achieved. I’ve done what I said I would do all those years ago and am looking forward to passing on what I’ve learned to others in the future.”

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Enrolling on a higher education course is a fantastic investment in your future, with graduates earning on average £12,000 per year more than non-graduates over their working lifetime.

But it doesn’t stop there; graduates are also half as likely to be unemployed and twice as likely to find work again if they are.

With this in mind, if it’s the thought of paying for your education that’s holding you back, don’t let it. It’s much more affordable than you might think and will prove to be the best investment in your future you can make.

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Loans are available that don’t have to be repaid until you’re earning good money
From September 2012 both full- and part-time students will be eligible for a student loan, which you don’t have to pay back until you’re earning over £21,000 per year. After that, how much you pay back depends on how much over £21,000 you earn – in fact, it’s only 9% of the difference.

So, say you get a job on £25,000 per year, you’ll pay 9% of £4,000, which is £360 per year, or around £1 per day – less than the cost of your daily paper.

Now that is good news!

You can access non-repayable grants too
Anyone entering higher education in 2012 from lower income households will be eligible for a non-repayable maintenance grant of up to £3,250 per year.

Those with household incomes of £25,000 or less will get the full amount while households with incomes between £25,001 and £42,600 will get a partial grant.

Around half of all new full-time students are likely to be able to receive either a full or partial grant.

There’s also help with living costs
If you need help with living costs, student loans with very low rates of interest (at inflation levels) are available, which means that what you end up repaying remains the same in real terms as the amount you borrow.

Student loans cover the cost of your tuition fees
Here’s some more good news: full-time undergraduate students do not need to pay any fees either upfront before starting the course or while studying.

Instead, you can apply for a student loan to cover your tuition fees, which is then paid directly to the college on your behalf. These loans are not dependent on your income and will not affect any benefits you may be receiving.

As you’ve already read, you only need to start paying you loan back once you’re earning over £21,000. Part-time students already earning over £21,000 per year will not have to repay anything until April 2017.

Other help is also available
To find out more about the full range of support available to help you make the best possible investment in your future, visit

Alternatively, call our Student Services team on 0303 3331461 for an informal chat at any time.

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• If you never earn more than £21,000 you never pay anything back
• If you stop earning more than £21,000 at any time your payments stop
• If you wish, you can repay your loan off in full at any time with no penalties added
• Your employer can pay part of the fees, with you paying the rest through a loan
• If you don’t pay off the loan within 30 years, the government will write off the outstanding amount

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