A FINAL decision on whether students will study A-level courses at Huddersfield Technical College from September will be taken within two weeks.
A review is under way to decide whether the courses will be scrapped and the review findings will be endorsed at a meeting on April 21.
The Examiner revealed last week that governors met at the college last Friday to discuss proposals which would mean no new students would study A-level or AS-level courses from the start of the new academic year.
Shocked staff contacted the Examiner expressing concerns about the plans.
The college’s head of client services, Huw Thomas, said approval had been given for the college management to review all course provision to ensure learners were offered an appropriate range of courses with a record of achieving at least around national average success rates.
Demand for A-level courses has fallen over the last three years.
The college believes this is due to the increased number of places offered by other local providers which were proving attractive to high-achieving learners.
This was contributing to success rates which in some cases were below those expected by government education inspectors Ofsted.
Andrea Machell, vice-principal for curriculum and quality, said: “It is good practice for any college to make sure its courses continue to meet the needs of learners.
“This may be by restricting provision in some areas to allow expansion in other areas of high quality and high demand.
“It is worth pointing out that adult numbers are a small proportion of our A-level group and many are studying for personal interest rather than to gain a qualification.
“The college offers a wide range of academic, vocational and professional courses at different levels which are suitable for adults.
“These include Access to Higher Education courses which prepare adults for university entry.
“Most of our younger students progressing to higher education have studied courses such as national diplomas.
“Any review will take account of the impact on learners as well as the college.
“We are confident that we will continue to provide courses suitable for the majority of our learners’ needs.”