Universities will be allowed to charge higher fees for two-year courses, the government has announced.
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'Accelerated' or 'fast-track' courses let you get a degree in two years instead of the usual three, normally by working longer hours and having shorter holidays. Although some universities offer courses like this already, many don't – partly because it means providing more teaching and resources but charging the same fees. Higher fees for two-year courses are meant to encourage universities to try shorter courses.
Students on the courses would pay up to £11,000 a year, adding up to a lower overall fee. They would also have one less year of maintenance loan to repay. However, living costs can be higher if you have to stay at uni over the summer, and the more intense workload means less opportunity to earn money and work experience through part-time work or placements. You’ll also have less opportunity to experience some of the other aspects of student life beyond academic study, such as socialising and joining societies.
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