A city sixth form college is branching out - by offering degrees.
Cardinal Newman College in Preston is joining forces with two universities to offer students a chance to study for higher education-level qualifications at the city centre campus.
From next September the Lark Hill college will be offering students a chance to do foundation courses traditionally studied at university.
Both the qualification, in early years and teaching and learning support, will be accredited by Middlesex University.
The foundation degrees represent the first two years of an honours degree programme which can be completed with a further year of study at either Middlesex or Edge Hill universities.
The early years foundation degree is designed for people who work, or support foundation degree is geared towardsr those who work, or want to work, in education.
Course leader Kathy Salisbury says “As head of department I am really excited about the prospect of increasing our current course offer in health and social care from September 2015.
“We are a highly successful department with outstanding results and pastoral care, our courses are extremely popular with students who do exceptionally well and progress into some of the most admirable careers
“ I am delighted that we will have the opportunity to work with and support more students,some of whom may never have thought they would study to degree level, with foundation degrees that are now so popular with employers.”
The college, which caters essentially for school leavers, already runs an art foundation degree and a BA (Hons) business studies degree in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire for current students to progress and continue their studies at Cardinal Newman for a third year.