FSTE 100 company launches UK degree
International publisher and learning company Pearson will open a higher education college in London next month, becoming the first FTSE 100 organisation to do so.
The education corporation, which also owns the Financial Times, says the course is aimed at students who are serious about progressing in the business market.
The BSc degree in business and enterprise will be taught at the company's main base in London, with tuition fees expected to be around £6,500 - below the average for universities, many of which are now charging £9,000.
The enterprise-led degree will include internships within Pearson or its partners, and the course has also had input from companies including Cisco, BT, Nationwide and Atos.
There will be an option of an accelerated two-year course, as well as studying over three years. This move is seen as a significant and symbolic step into UK higher education from a major player in the education market.
Roxanne Stockwell, managing director of Pearson College, said: "Our degrees are designed by business, delivered with business, for students who are serious about succeeding in business. We have a network of blue chip industry relationships, many of whom are working with us on the design and delivery of our degree programmes."