University on your doorstep

As millions of young people await their A Level results this week, the rising cost of living and anticipated ‘deflation’ of grades is expected to adversely impact the number of school leavers getting and taking up places at university this year.

However, London South East Colleges’ University Centre offers many excellent alternatives for people who want to gain a degree or a higher-level qualification but who don’t want to, or are unable, to go away to university.

The College’s University Centre offers career-focused degrees –from foundation level to full BA Honours alongside HND and HNC qualifications – at campuses across Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Orpington. Covering a range of industry areas from business, education and early years to sport, healthcare, engineering and construction, all degrees are validated by Canterbury Christ Church University or the University of Greenwich.

Crucially in the current economic climate, fees here are considerably lower than other universities. Courses start from £2,900 a year compared to £9250 in most other universities. Being able to live at home while studying also cuts down living costs dramatically – meaning that gaining a higher education qualification is a more realistic option for more people.

Many of the degree courses on offer are flexible and can fit around other family or work commitments. This reflects a genuine commitment to ensure people from all backgrounds and of all ages can access high quality Higher Education.

Being excellent value for money does not mean any compromise in the quality of teaching or the qualification. The courses are exactly the same as you would do at university, with the same degree being achieved. But class sizes are small and you will get more tutor contact hours than many other universities.

Every student is supported with a personalised learning plan and benefits from well-developed partnerships with local and national employers ensure career-focused outcomes.

With new, dedicated HE facilities at the College’s Orpington town centre campus and a student satisfaction rating of 90% (against a national average of 76%), never has there been a better time to consider gaining a degree or other higher education qualification.

Group Principal and CEO of London & South East Education Group, Dr Sam Parrett CBE, says:

“With so many negative stories about school leavers missing out on university as a result of grade deflation post-pandemic, coupled with the huge rise in cost of living, we are keen to reassure people that other options and routes in higher education are available locally.

“The high-quality courses and qualifications available at London South East Colleges’ University Centre are excellent value for money, while also providing a personalised learning experience with small classes and many employer partners.

“If you are late to apply, that’s no problem. Places are still available and we have experts to talk you through the options and the pathways to take you to your chosen career.

“It is definitely time to think differently about Higher Education – ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to gain higher-level skills and knowledge and ultimately, career success.”

Clearing is already open and places are available on a range of courses. Advisors are on hand to talk through the options – contact 020 3954 4000, email or visit

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