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A series of new Progression Agreements has been launched aimed at students across the Black Country, Birmingham, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin areas.

Vocational courses, such as BTECs and NVQs, have been matched with higher education courses offered at the University of Wolverhampton. The agreement outlines students’ progression options from the course they are studying.

If the student meets the entry requirements, most Progression Agreements guarantee them a place on a University course and other agreements provide them with an interview or conditional place.

Joanna Mills, University of Wolverhampton Progression Officer, said: "The agreements are an invaluable resource to learners who are studying on vocational courses. They detail the educational value of the qualification they are studying and give numerous options for progressing onto higher education courses. We hope that the agreements will encourage more learners who may not have considered higher education as an option to progress in their studies. It is fantastic that we can raise learners’ aspirations by offering a guarantee of a place."

This work has been supported by the Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull and Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Lifelong Learning Networks. The focus of each network is student progression into and through higher education.

During the year there will be a series of events targeting learners at colleges across the regions.

To see if a college is involved within the agreements and for more information about progression agreements visit  or email

Further information

For more information please contact Vickie Woodward in the Media Relations Office on 01902 322736

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