Degree dilemma

St Helens College
St Helens College

DOZENS of students at St Helens College may be forced to communite or move to Liverpool in order to complete their degree courses.

It comes after Liverpool John Moores (LJM) University announced it would no longer authorise honours degrees at the college.

Bosses at St Helens College are in discussion with other universities in a bid to find an alternative.

Critics say the LJM took the decision to prevent students from getting degrees without paying the maximum £9,000 tuition they can charge from 2012.

Foundation degree courses will continue to be validated by LJM.

St Helens College currently offers 10 honours degree courses in subjects as diverse at fine art, criminal justice and photography.

A spokesman for Liverpool John Moores University said: “LJMU is proud of its long history of developing courses with further education colleges to provide an effective route into university for local people and we have every intention of continuing our links through our collaboration on foudnation degrees.

“Honours degree programmes will now only be available at the university where students can take full advantage of the world of work curriculum and skills support which make the LJMU degree so distinctive.”

A spokesman for St Helens College declined to comment.

It is the latest blow to the college which recently revealed 99 jobs were set to go - including dozens of teachers and a reduction in funding of £4.1m for the next academic year.