I taught two students who were awarded first class business studies degrees while attending an FE college where the degree was franchised from a university.
They were mature students who decided to study at a local college, rather than travel to a university. I agree that they did not have a university experience as there was a far smaller cohort, and they did not have the amenities available at a university campus, although they made great use of the inter-library loan system. Also, their lecturers had to teach a number of subjects, and did not have the luxury of concentrating on one subject, or even one element within a subject.
This should not always be seen as a disadvantage because it encourages a multi-disciplinary approach, which may provide a better environment for the studyof a general degree such as business studies.
It would be a shame if future mature students were not able to take a degree in this way, when quality is independently checked at FE colleges, compared with the HE environment where it is being argued that quality checking should not take place.
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