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Colleges must be ‘agile’ to meet learners’ needs

Changes to university entry requirements create a new challenge for FE institutions

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As enrolment progresses across Scotland’s further education sector, colleges have said they are optimistic about meeting targets on student numbers. However, their responses to a Tes Scotland survey show that changes in entry requirements by neighbouring universities seem to have had an impact on enrolments in some subjects.

Annette Bruton, principal of Edinburgh College, said that, based on anecdotal evidence, it was “apparent” these changes were having an effect. “When we contact people we have offered places to but who have not turned up, we’ve found that a significant number have been ...

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