TRADITIONAL caps and gowns are being donned by Sheffield College students today – as they celebrate completion of their foundation degrees.
The college’s higher education students are gathering at the Cutler’s Hall with families, friends and tutors for their graduation ceremonies.
More than 400 students at the college are taking Sheffield Hallam University accredited courses, foundation qualifications which are the equivalent of two years of a full honours degree.
Most are taking work-related courses in subjects such as fashion, animal care, business and travel and tourism.
Most students attend college full time and some study part-time while working.
After graduation, they can then go straight into jobs or go to Hallam for a final year to complete their degree.
Sheffield College and Hallam have agreed a three-year deal which will continue to accredit the foundation courses.
Heather MacDonald, college chief executive, said courses were ‘strongly vocational’.
She said: “Students who want to stay local, and not add to the debt burden of living away from home, or who want to study flexibly and revolve their studies around work and family, can still benefit from all the opportunities that studying for a higher education course brings.
“We provide small class sizes, tailored individual support and easy access to tutors in between classes.”