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Title Pathway programmes at embedded colleges in the UK: Some issues for discussion - Part 1
Author Carolyn Walker - Academic Director, INTO at the University of Exeter, Observatory Associate


From the storm of publicity that surrounds it, one would think that the pathway concept as a route into higher education for international students is a recent development, despite the fact that universities and colleges have been providing pathway programmes for many years and many continue to do so. In fact, the focus of the recent interest has been on the large, for-profit providers which have come to dominate the pathway market, with a share of around 47% between them (universities occupy approximately a quarter, and state further education colleges, private colleges and English language schools the rest). Over the last ten years or so, a handful of large companies have ratcheted up pathway recruitment in the UK- the “big five” firms reported in excess of 23,000 commencements in 2014/15 (according to preliminary results from an i-graduate survey referred to at OBHE’s December annual conference in London). The industry is now worth $825 million worldwide. So successful has the arrival of the corporates been that much of the discourse and press column inches relate to the commercial aspect of pathway programmes – that is, to the viability or expansion of the market, new entrants to the market, the future of global student mobility and so on.

Date 17/02/2016
Region(s) Europe, All Regions
Countries United Kingdom, International
Theme(s) All Themes

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