Students left disappointed as college axes their course

Performing Arts students from Aylesbury College
Performing Arts students from Aylesbury College
  • Students have spoken of their disappointment after learning their college course is to be axed
  • Performing Arts, Music and Travel and Tourism are the three courses affected
  • Aylesbury College said it made the ‘difficult decisions’ due to cuts in government funding

A group of students have been left disappointed after learning that their college course will be axed.

Aylesbury College announced plans to stop running its performing arts, music and travel and tourism courses last week.

Some of the students affected now say they ‘don’t have a clue what to do next’ and have set up a Facebook page to raise awareness of their situation.

Halona Goddard, from Tring, a student on the Level Two Performing Arts course was the co-founder of the page Save the Arts ACPA.

She said: “We have been told to either go on a different course here or we will have to go to another college.

“Aylesbury is the nearest college for me to travel to and I have made a lot of friends here.

“I have tried various courses in the past but I never settled on one until I came here.

“We are disappointed because as students we didn’t get a say in this.

“We have no idea how or if we can get our course back but we wanted to make people aware of our situation.

“We want to try to do something to save it because it would mean a lot to us if the course could continue.”

Karen Mitchell, principal and chief executive of the college said: “Further education colleges across the UK are under financial pressure due to significant cuts in government funding.

“At Aylesbury College we regularly review our provision to ensure that courses meet the needs of local employers and in addition we monitor changes to funding and the impact this has on the financial viability of courses.

“Unfortunately we have recently had to make some difficult decisions and a very small number of courses will not be running next year.

“We are in discussion with those students who are impacted and their parents and we are offering alternative provision.

“We understand that this is a difficult time and the college will be providing support to students and ensuring that they find suitable courses for next year.”

The college say the only current students affected by the cancellation of the Performing Arts courses are those completing Level Two and wishing to move onto the Level Three programme.

There are currently seven students on the Level Two course, but two were not planning on progressing onto the Level Three stage.

The college also say any students who have completed year one of a two-year course will be able to complete their course at Aylesbury.

Meanwhile, the college has announced it is on track for a record number of applications from new students looking to join in September.

Applications are up by 10 per cent from last year, while almost two thirds of current students have applied to return next year, when there will be a range of new full-time courses.

These include Event Planning, Painting and Decorating, Skills and Activities for Sports and Active Outdoor Leisure.