Are too many students given the impression that university is the only option? Mark Steed returns to Innovate My School, and discusses a great alternative to higher education.
There are many reasons for going to university but arguably the most important three reasons are:
- To have a life experience: making the first steps to independence by living away from home, living with like-minded people.
- To gain an internationally recognised qualification, which will open doors into the job market.
- To study - to learn skills and engage with a body of information.
British universities have had it good for a long time, with successive Governments encouraging ever greater student numbers, but I suspect that the tide is about to turn.
The arguments for going to university are not nearly as strong as they were in the past. Going away to university is a luxury that not everyone can afford
There was a time when going to university was a privilege for a minority that was earned by gaining a good A-level grades and was paid for by the Government, who saw fit to invest in our 'brightest and best'. Those days are gone. Universities are now businesses operating in a competitive market place and they are far from free. According to the National Union of Students the true cost of being a student outside London is £22,189 each academic year (£10,133 for course costs £12,056 for living costs - for the full breakdown of these figures see the
Today's undergraduates are likely to leave university with £50,000+ debt (BBC Website: 'Average UK student debts 'could hit £53,000' 12/08/11).