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City College courses axed
CITY College Brighton and Hove has confirmed that courses will be cut as it attempts to save money.
Among the courses to be scrapped from September will be the NCTJ Journalism course, which the college says is due to under-recruitment in 2013/14 and the high cost of running the course.
The Foundation Degree in Fine Art will also be scrapped.
The decision was made due to poor recruitment numbers as of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) deadline on March 31, according to bosses at the college.
A spokesman added that the college needed to reduce its adult single budget courses, which are Government-funded for the unemployed, by 15% to meet national targets.
The college will also scrap its entire provision for adults with learning disabilities from September, due to under-recruitment for the coming academic year.
Rebecca Conroy, assistant principal at the college, said: “Just to be clear – every year we review our provision based on a number of factors around performance, recruitment and viability.”
The news of the latest cuts comes on the back of the announcement that the college will cut 48 full-time jobs.
On Saturday about 100 students, parents and staff held a protest against the cuts.
The college is currently going through a consultation process.
Principal Lynn Thackway has previously said that the changes are necessary for the college to return to “financial health”.
But parent Cathy Biggs, whose son attends the college, said: “It is about time someone put their hands up and admitted that they have not been up front, honest and transparent to students, lecturers, parents and the public.”
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