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NCG becomes country’s first FE provider to be allowed to award own Degrees

Thursday, January 5 2017

West Lancashire College, a division of national training and Colleges group, NCG,  are delighted to announce it has become the first College in the UK to be able to develop and award its own Honours and Masters Degrees.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers will allow us to build on our strengths as an outstanding provider that develops and delivers high level skills training, which is responsive and meets the needs of employers.

West Lancashire College already works closely with a range of businesses, from SMEs to multi-nationals, to develop provision that addresses local and national skills gaps. Degree Awarding Powers will enable us to be more responsive to the demand for higher level skills as well as supporting the local economy and more people into jobs.

We will use our new powers to continue developing bespoke industry degrees and launch a range of degree Apprenticeships which are responsive and meet the skills needs of regional and national employers.

Securing Taught Degree Awarding Powers follows on from an intensive scrutiny process by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. It recognised that HE provision at West Lancashire College provides a high quality offer to students, equivalent to that of any university and that NCG is a mature organisation capable of setting and regulating its own quality standards.

NCG, which has a nationwide network of colleges and training providers including West Lancashire College, already offer more than 85 Foundation Degrees and Honours Degrees in a wide range of subjects. It was also one of the first to be awarded Foundation Degree Awarding Powers in 2011and has a well-established, successful track record of providing learners with fantastic learning experience. Since 2014 over 1,000 graduates each year have had their degrees accredited solely by NCG and not a partner university.

NCG Chief Executive, Joe Docherty said: “Gaining Taught Degree Awarding powers is a landmark development for the sector. It’s a real breakthrough nationally and we are extremely proud to be leading the way for the whole of the further education sector.”

“Our colleges already work closely with employers to develop provision that addresses local and national skills gaps. Degree Awarding powers will enable us to be more responsive to the demand for higher level skills as well as supporting the local economy and more people into jobs.

“We look forward to seeing other colleges following this path and would be happy to share our experiences with others in the sector.”

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