Should you take a top-up degree?

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What is a top-up degree?  

Top-up degrees are designed to help people with an existing Level 5 qualification - such as a Higher National Diploma (HND) - gain credits and graduate with a full undergraduate degree. Equivalent to the final year of study, they offer a fast-track route to a UK Bachelor’s, allowing students to build on their previous learning rather than starting from scratch, which could take three years or more. You can start a top-up degree straight after finishing your level 5 qualification or after a break if you would prefer – there's no time limit.   

Interview with Laurie Charlesworth (Part 2)

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As a DJ and presenter, you are highlighting and promoting artists - how important is diversity to you? Do you consider this in your choice of music? 

Yes! Absolutely. I believe it’s the easy way out to just pick tunes that you like from obvious labels. Of course, you could do this, and you should always play something you think is good that will fit into your set, but if you dig deep enough, you will find what you’re looking for from an array of different people, not just white, middle aged men. Soundcloud is great for finding undiscovered new talent.  

Interview with Laurie Charlesworth (Part 1)

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The music industry is very hard to get into – how did you get out there and promote yourself and did you find it hard? 

I started off doing a lot of free work. I think a lot of people do. Although I studied Radio Production at (Bournemouth) University, I only did that so that I had the time allowance from the course, and the funding from student finance, to do the work experience. The music and radio industries are all about meeting people, doing as much as you can to build some skills and, I hate the word, network! 

Delivering HNs at New City College: Safety as a Value

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New City College is more than prepared to revert to such measures. During the recent lockdown, the College adopted this new approach to learning and quickly implemented the digital shift to working remotely. Our virtual learning environment (VLE), Moodle, was used by both teachers and students as a platform to engage and access online learning materials.

Coming to you from my home office in the UK

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At Pearson, we are lucky to have a number of resources available to support our working from home journey, such as Microsoft Teams so we can keep in touch and Office 365 to help us collaborate on files. So in the Higher Education Qualifications team, we have been able to make a smooth transition. I therefore wanted to share some of my thoughts from this experience thus far, and hope that this enables you to do the same.

Working in the Creative Industries after the #metoo movement

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The purpose of this article is not to explore or discuss any specific cases that have come out of this movement, but to very briefly explore this impact and how this may affect you, as someone who wants to work in the industry. I have had many conversations about this and it surprises me how many people think the #metoo movement is ‘just’ about sexual harassment and that it is a ‘woman’s issue’.  It is not.

It’s architecture, but not as you know it

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With nearly half of all UK carbon emissions originating from buildings and infrastructure, the climate agenda is supercharging the need - and energizing the search for solutions. 

No longer is the design of buildings reserved for those with a formal qualification. With gamers collaboratively building virtual cities from their bedrooms, and clients increasingly engaged with the development of their future assets, we need to come up with new, inclusive ways of designing and constructing. 

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