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Higher Education: Finance

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether he has plans to exempt those undertaking a Masters level course in Teaching and Learning from the policy of not funding students on courses that lead to qualifications equivalent to or lower than they already hold. (207201)

Students who already hold one Masters level qualification and want to study another higher education qualification at an equivalent or lower level will not be exempt from the general ELQ policy. They will only attract institutional funding if the course relates to the initial training of teachers or is co-funded by employers. But because the policy is a redistribution of funding and not a withdrawal, it will allow more students than would be possible under the current system to progress from an undergraduate level qualification to a Masters level course in Teaching and Learning.