University Centre St HelensUniversity Centre St Helens proudly announced the introduction of two new foundation degree courses; further strengthening its partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Launched in 2015, University Centre St Helens is founded on an educational heritage, tracing back over 125 years. Located in the heart of the Northwest, University Centre St Helens can be found in the Grade II listed building, which was once home to the Beechams Headquarters office. This historically rich setting provides the perfect backdrop for the diverse mix of students found at University Centre St Helens. The small and friendly campus also allows students to really get to know one another and their lecturers too.

The new foundation degree courses in Computing and Media Production are now open to applicants wishing to study from September 2017.

The new foundation degree in Media Production explores the theory of media and the practical know how of production technology. The degree includes industry development with professional experience, to combine academic progress with practice and experience. Media facilities at University Centre St Helens recently received significant investment and includes industry standard equipment, brand new TV studio infinity cove and editing suites. With dedicated, vibrant staff with industry experience students are able to learn the theory of media alongside the practical knowledge.

The foundation degree in Computing will enable students to develop the relevant theoretical knowledge and the practical skills needed, to successfully secure work and pursue a career within the computing industry. It will allows students to develop the skills needed by industry. Through a work placement, students can use skills developed throughout the course to demonstrate their understanding of professional practice in a real work environment.

Following successful completion of the foundation degree courses, students have progression routes to them at UCLan to top-up their qualifications to a full honours degree through an additional period of study.

Victoria Roberts, Vice Principal, said: “We are delighted to be introducing these two new foundation degrees into our already strong portfolio of higher education courses with UCLan. Not only does it diversify our progression routes for those at St Helens College but also opens up educational opportunities to the community. I’d like to think we are removing some of the barriers people face when considering studying higher education, making university study accessible to all.”

Tim Steele, Executive Director of International Strategy and Partnerships at UCLan, said: “The University of Central Lancashire is delighted to extend our collaboration with University Centre St Helens through the development of the new foundation degrees, to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a Higher Education Award from UCLan locally.”

For further information about studying for a degree, visit a University Centre St Helens Open Day.