Seevic turns up the temperature for Castle Point’s university “cold spot”

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Seevic College is among the top colleges in England for increasing access to degree level qualifications in so called university “cold spots”, according to newly released government figures.

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Data published by the Education & Training Foundation in February reveals that around 40% more students from “cold spots” – areas where fewer people traditionally take up university places – study degree level courses at the College, located in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, compared to other colleges around the country.

28% of students enrolled on university level courses at Seevic live in a “cold spot”, compared to an average of 20% among other colleges nationally and just 12% of students at major universities.

Castle Point was identified is a university “cold spot” during research carried out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in 2014.

Around 12% of the population of Castle Point hold a university level qualification, significantly below the national and regional averages.

Principal Nick Spenceley said: “It’s a well kept secret that each year over 150,000 individuals across the country study degree level qualifications in colleges like ours. It provides many advantages compared to attending a major university, including the opportunity to study locally with less expense. I’m very proud that Seevic is leading the way with increasing access to university level qualifications in our communities.”

James Drewe, 24, from Canvey Island, secured an Accounting role with a City of London corporate firm within days of finishing his degree.

James completed the first two years of his degree at Seevic, before topping up to a full degree in Business Management and achieving first class Honours at Anglia Ruskin University.

He said: “Achieving a first class degree has opened up new opportunities for me, in terms of access to better jobs and broadening my perspective on life. Without the help of Seevic I wouldn’t have been able to do it. Hard work and commitment definitely pay off!”

Around 150 students are enrolled on university level courses at Seevic. The College offers the following courses:

 The Early Years Foundation Degree and BA Honours Top-up are validated through the College’s successful partnership with University of Hertfordshire. 

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