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Variation in the length of an undergraduate degree: participation and outcomes

DAVIES, Peter and SLACK, Kim and HOWARD, Chris (2012) Variation in the length of an undergraduate degree: participation and outcomes. Studies in Higher Education, 37 (4). pp. 431-447. ISSN 0307-5079

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Recent policy in England has advocated the introduction of fast-track degrees to provide an alternative, shorter route to a bachelor’s degree. It has been argued that this will widen participation in higher education and increase labour market flexibility by providing an option in which undergraduates spend one fewer years out of the labour market. Critics have suggested that the outcomes from this new undergraduate option will be worse than those for students following the standard length of undergraduate degree (which is three years for most subjects studied at universities in England). This criticism is based on a belief that students on the shorter degrees will be encouraged to ‘cram’, having less opportunity for reflection that will foster a deep understanding. These arguments are evaluated using data which compare students following two and three year degrees in the same subjects at the same university.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: X300 Academic studies in Education
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Education and Law > Education
Depositing User: Kim SLACK
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2013 09:47
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2013 09:47
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/513

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