How to Save Money and Get to Work Quicker with an Accelerated Degree Program


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What are Accelerated Degrees?

Accelerated or Two-year degrees are degree courses that take two years to complete rather than the usual three or four years. In such a fast-tracked course, you would cover the same content and get the same qualification at the end as you would on a three or four year course. One of the biggest talking point are the tuition fees. These would be less than a three-year course, making two-year courses technically cheaper. You would also save money by not having to pay for a third year of living costs.



Accelerated Degrees: Pros and Cons


  • If you want to get a degree under your belt as soon as possible, but don't fancy being at university for a full three years after finishing school), an accelerated degree might seem less overwhelming. You could always use that third year to go travelling or do a gap year.

  • You'll save a large chunk of cash by only taking out two years'worth of tuition fees and not have to pay for living costs away from home, if you opt for an online study option.

  • Not bothered about the social aspect of university life? A two-year degree is much more intensive, with less time for that sort of thing (not to say that it doesn't exist at all).

  • If you're already considering living at home and commuting to classes, go a step further and look into an accelerated degree too.

  • Mature students who have other commitments may jump at an accelerated degree. Juggling studies with children (or other dependants) can be tricky, while the costs that come with doing so (ie childcare, transport) can stack up. Plus, working part-time might not be an option, or limited to getting the best.


Getting your degree and going back to work sooner - hopefully earning a little more as a result of qualifying - will make a big difference.




  • University doesn't boil down to your course, although it is a big decision. The 'uni experience' is also made up of meeting new people (e.g friends, housemates), living in a new place, joining clubs and societies, and getting involved in the campus or local community.

  • Packing three years of a course into just two is far more intensive, and may leave less time for other parts of student life. Depending on your subject, getting work experience may be essential to impressing employers and getting a graduate job. A two-year course may not leave as much time for this.


What students say about two-year degrees?

Samantha (Communication, Media and Journalism student): 'I have never been a fan of standard three-year degrees, because of the cost, holiday and lack of contact time, but then again, I knew I needed a degree. When I found out about two-year degrees I was relieved, because I knew I would get out to work quicker than my peers, and it would truly test my abilities in the best way possible. And I'd save some money!'


Henry (English Literature with Journalism student): 'Works out cheaper in every aspect.'


Here is how you can save money with an accelerated diploma with Awa Business School

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Culled from the December 2020 Edition of the Awa Business School Higher Education Review


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