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Ambitious Devon students are being told how they can realise their career dreams without notching up huge university debts.
From 2012 many universities will be charging £9,000 a year in fees. That, combined with the cost of living expenses, will leave students with bigger debts than at any other time in recent education history.
Further Education Colleges in Devon are now taking the opportunity to explain what courses they can offer to ambitious students who are eager to get on a career path leading to full qualifications.
They have a wide range of vocational courses with on-job training. They've always taught foundation degrees and HNCs for the local community and have a long tradition in working with universities to do so.
At Petroc in Barnstaple and Tiverton, BTEC courses are being offered as a viable alternative to university.
Heart talked to students and lecturers on the BTEC in Architecture, Surveying and The Built Environment course.
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