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Level 4 colleges cancelling

reddwarfreddwarf Experienced MentorRegistered Posts: 528
So Harrow pulled the plug on Technician course 1 day before term begins! And they have £1110.00 of my money! Reason given tutor 'pulled out'.

The tutor at High Wycombe said funding is short and only West Herts and High Wyc and Reading ( I think) are running level 4 in Herts/Bucks.

Anyone know any more about this?

I am so pleased I drove over to High Wycombe last night and re-signed on after cancelling on Friday in favour of Harrow!


  • mark130273mark130273 Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 4,234
    more importantly...are oyu getting your money back ?
  • reddwarfreddwarf Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 528
    I am getting on the phone at lunchtime, I think they should pay me interest and compensation for stress caused!

    I am lucky, but some people won't have time to sort another college in time for December exams.
  • lesscilessci Well-Known Registered Posts: 180
    Because Technician is an NVQ level 4 a lot of colleges can't get the same funding from local/national government so they don't run the course if there isn't a full class. My college ended up with a lot of students from their local rival last year because this happened.
  • reddwarfreddwarf Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 528
    I am hearing such mixed info, High Wycombe said they were told (by government) they had to do more teaching hours - that must raise costs?!

    It's interesting that you use the word 'rival' I thought there would be some co-operation between these colleges but they do seem to compete with one another.

    Harrow are running NVQ not diploma, I wonder if that has anything to do with it, as I thought NVQ is being phased out?

    Does anyone have any idea of what the ratio of Diploma to NVQ courses being run? We need an accountant to sort this one:001_unsure:
  • Jon_1984Jon_1984 Well-Known Registered Posts: 186
    Ultimately FE colleges are private businesses (who get a large percentage of funding from Govt) and all compete for the most income from the sale few sources, so cannot co-operate very well.
  • reddwarfreddwarf Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 528
    I also heard that government funding is lower at NVQ level 3 as the aim is to educate up to NVQ level 2 and not beyond! Great!
  • A-VicA-Vic Expertise Guaranteed Registered Posts: 6,970
    There is money and grant avlaible through european money i know because my college managed to organise it this year (Diploma)
  • reddwarfreddwarf Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 528
    Trouble is now Gordon has bitten the bullet and admitted cuts, I bet FE will be in the firing line...
  • A-VicA-Vic Expertise Guaranteed Registered Posts: 6,970
    well they already mentioned putting up uni fee's
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