The Budget has promised an extra £20m to support vocational training including T-levels, the equivalent to A-levels.


In 2017 Jo Johnson, Universities and Science Minister, has supported a new policy that would introduce a legally binding contract with students. If universities fail to comply with the contract, students will have the opportunity to sue their universities.

It is because universities have raised their fees above £9,000, that students are demanding more influence and power over their higher education.

But many students enter university without truly understanding the educational output. For example, medical students will receive the most teaching hours, while degrees such as the social sciences and history will receive the least. Some students will only have 10 hours of lessons a week or less. Moreover, the dropout rate of students in universities is steadily increasing especially among the most deprived and those from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Young people must have the opportunity to have the best education possible and the possibility of attending university, but many universities should also offer diplomas to increase the range of options available for students.

Some colleges already allow students to pursue their dreams by offering a range of vocational courses, so students can gain a degree while pursuing their specific ambitions. Vocational courses provide an outlet for all students to follow their dreams, where a university education is not necessary.

University education is a possibility for all, and if a student desires to attend university, schools and teachers should provide every opportunity to allow their dreams to be fulfilled. But given the rising dissatisfaction of some students with universities, it may not be the best option for all.

Vocational courses can be an alternative to attending university, allowing for more practical work and the opportunity to earn a new skill, while also gaining a degree.


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