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University chiefs 'gearing up two-year degree for all subjects which could save students up to [pounds sterling]25,000'; Experts say students would not need to pay for a third year of study and would start work sooner - saving all-round.

Byline: Nigel Nelson

Plans to make two-year AaAaAeAe-degrees for all subjects, leaving studen up to [pounds sterling]25,000 better off, are being drafted.

Cutting the length of a typical degree from three years to two will lead to lower costs, and mean AaAaAeAe-graduates can start work soone

Universities Minister Jo Johnson said: "For too long we have been stuck in a pattern of traditional three years of study regardless of subject. We need the sector to seize the opportunity these courses represent."

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He is launching a consultation today to see how this could best work.

Only 2,500 of 1.5 million students who enrol each year are on fast-track degrees, mostly in law, accountancy and journalism. They pay 20 per cent more a year but Mr Johnson said it works out [pounds sterling]5,500 cheaper in AaAaAeAe-tuition. Plus students would not need a maintenance loan for the third year.

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They also work sooner, earning on average [pounds sterling]19,000 in their first year.

Lecturer Karl McCormack of Staffordshire University said: "They offer so much more to students -- extra focus and constant learning."

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Universities Minister Jo Johnson said the typical pattern of three years of study needs a shake-up

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Students would save money because they would not need to borrow money for a third year of study

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Other benefits for students are that they they can start work sooner - and typically earn [pounds sterling]19,000 in their first year

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Date:Dec 9, 2017
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