12th December 2003

STUDENT APPLICATIONS ON THE UP

More and more people are applying to study at Edge Hill College of Higher Education, with applications for courses starting in September 2004 up by 28%.

2 795 people have applied to take up degrees at the Lancashire institution compared with 2 190 this time last year, with most course areas proving popular. These figures at the end of November suggest that Edge Hill will attract some 8 000 applicants by the end of the current academic year- an increase of 60% on the position four years ago.

Teacher training and health study programmes, together with humanities, management and applied science have all seen increases in applications.

John Cater, Chief Executive believes that Edge Hill’s popularity is due to a range of factors, he said: “We have a strong reputation for quality, with two thirds of all courses being graded as ‘excellent’ in recent years, a £50 million investment in new learning facilities and a tradition of student support.”

New degrees in law, ecology, coastal and aquatic science, nursing and midwifery, media, drama, information systems and web systems have been developed. In addition, Edge Hill will become the country’s largest trainer of secondary teachers in 2004, with a full range of new and more flexible routes into teaching.

John Cater: “We are still only one third of the way through the applications cycle, but if applicants are able to obtain the higher grades we require this year, we will be providing high quality education and training to record numbers of students next September.”

For further information about the range of programmes on offer at Edge Hill call the enquiries Unit on 0800 1955063.
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EDITOR’S NOTES: For further information please contact:
Roisin Rowley-Smith
PR Manager
Tel: 01695 584509
Fax: 01695 584355
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