The new courses will consist of 45 weeks of teaching a year rather than the standard 30, with shorter breaks over Christmas, Easter and summer. Students will learn the same content and will need to pass the same standard of exams. The Daily Mail reports.
Universities can currently charge up to £9,250 a year for three-year degrees, or a total of £27,750. The new courses will cost a maximum of £22,200, or £11,100 a year.
Universities will be able to charge more per year due to the increase in teaching hours, but students taking the new courses will save money overall. The system will also benefit the taxpayer, as students’ loans will be smaller.
The shorter degrees could be offered from September after MPs passed legislation to allow them in almost every subject.
Universities minister Chris Skidmore said: ‘For thousands of students wanting a faster route into the workplace at a lower cost, two-year degrees will transform their choices.’ The plans will now go to the House of Lords for approval.
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