Drama school students face 15% cut in higher education places

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD) has warned applicants could face a cut of 15% in students accepted onto drama school courses, if government plans are to go ahead.

The government plans for there to be more competition in higher education. They propose that universities should compete for students who receive AAB and above at A level. This would affect the number of places given on the basis of auditions rather than qualifications.

CDD has raised its concerns in response to the governments plans, ‘because the conservatoire recruits on talent and potential rather than on formal qualifications, its AAB+ population will vary considerably year on year.’

If government plans do go ahead it could mean 15% fewer places for UK and EU students applying for drama school places. CDD maintains that they will strive to, ‘continue competing with the best in the world in the UK national interest, and to provide access to this training on the basis of talent alone.’

Student finance day 2012 launches

Today saw the launch of student finance day, offering support, advice and information for students applying to university. Supported by UCAS, the day hopes to supply applicants with a better understanding of the new financial structure of higher education. Students can find out about the cost of study before they apply to courses.

UCAS Chief Executive Mary Curnock Cook said: ‘UCAS is committed to ensuring that applicants have access to everything they need to make a fully informed choice about higher education. Access to comprehensive information about finance arrangements is really important.’

Student finance day is an initiative from MoneySavingExpert.com creator Martin Lewis. Lewis chairs the Independent Taskforce on Student Finance, which was created to help students understand the real cost of changes to university fees.  They’ve created an app with all the information for students about loans, tuition fees and bursaries.

Their website provides a comprehensive need-to-know guide on the facts of applying to university with inflated tuition fees. There is also a device which helps applicants calculate how many years it will take them to become debt free post-university.

Visit www.unifees2012.com for more information.