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Two year degrees: higher education should not be a sprint

The extension of these courses could undermine the reputations of British universities

By Sally Hunt  

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The extension of two-year degrees is the latest higher education initiative being floated by the government. Accelerated degrees already exist, for example at the University of Buckingham, a private provider, but there are limited offerings elsewhere.

The extension of these courses is not a totally new idea. Seven years ago there was a debate on fast-track, two-year degrees when Vince Cable, then business secretary, mooted them as a money-saving idea alongside a graduate tax and the notion that more students could live at home.

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