Students turn back on £9,000 university fees as Manchester colleges see vocational course increase

By Mancunian Matters staff

Students are turning their back on university, and instead Manchester colleges are receiving a higher intake for vocational courses.

More than 30,000 students across the country have missed out on going to university this year – the first of ‘full-price’ tuition fees – and youngsters across the city are forced to turn to new directions.

With university fees rising upwards of £9,000 per year, those entering sixth form and further education colleges are increasingly choosing apprenticeships over degree courses.

A spokesman for the Manchester College told MM: “We have experienced an increase in student numbers since last year, and many of these were in vocational courses.”

The growing trend has had an impact on many 16 year olds starting out their journey towards a skilled profession.

Since the government announced the increase in tuition fees there has been a 63.5 percent increase in those opting for apprenticeships and more than 100,000 employers are now offering apprenticeships across the UK.

Sotie Lawson, 16, who is studying performing arts at the college, said: “The rise in public fees has affected my decision I wouldn’t go to university if my family weren’t pushing me to go’.”

And 18-year-old music performance student Jonny Menay said: “University is a fall back option I would prefer to have a more hands on full-time job than go straight to university.”

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