Department for Education consultation on Accelerated degrees: widening student choice in higher education

View the consultation here.

Read the EPC’s response here.


This consultation ran from December 2017 to February 2018. The Department for Education sought to attain views on changes to the annual tuition fee cap, together with a range of measures to incentivise innovation and encourage wider provision and take-up of accelerated degrees.

Accelerated degrees give students the opportunity to study the same content and quality of degree as a standard 3-year course over 2 years.

By compressing study into 2 years:

  • the overall cost of a degree is cheaper for the student and higher education provider
  • graduates can enter or return to the workplace a year faster than those studying over 3 years

The DfE sought to attain views on a range of proposals to encourage increased provision and uptake of accelerated degree courses in England.

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