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Have what? The right to waste their time getting pissed for 4 years to come out with a degree in plane spotting?

 

Instead of buggering about at uni for 4 years they should be doing community work and getting proper work/life experience

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got a "right" to go to University?

 

Ah, it's another one of those wibbly times of year for poor ol' obs, who thinks that around these parts?

 

Baz - inverse snobbery is no better than the regular kind.

 

Oh, and what's a "mickey mouse degree" (I'll note here that you should use upper case for the first letter of proper nouns - standards, eh?)?

 

Please to list all Mickey Mouse degrees here.

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Please to list all Mickey Mouse degrees here.

 

Well here's a few to kick off the list:

Hairdressing-salon management ? University of Derby

 

Fashion-and-lifestyle products ? Southampton Solent University

 

Watersports science and development ? University of Portsmouth

 

Sports-surfaces management ? Glyndwr University

 

Contemporary circus and physical performance ? Bath Spa University

 

Equestrian psychology ? Glyndwr University

 

Cruise management ? University of Plymouth

 

Surf science and technology ? University of Plymouth

 

Pop-music performance ? University of East London

 

Sexual-health studies ? University of Central Lancashire

 

But if you want a real Mickey Mouse degree you have to go to America; where Disney offer university scholarships!

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Heh, nice one Sid.

 

Hmm, granted, they're not academic, but if those courses exist at all*, they're all foundation degrees**, which are supposed to be vocational.

 

Believe it or not, there are people working in jobs like these, and for some of them you even have to have qualifications.

 

Didn't lift that list from somewhere like The Daily Wail, did you?

 

*They don't all exist.

 

**There's only the equestrian psychology degree which is available as a one year top-up to a full degree.

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Fug,

 

you asked for a list of university "courses" which the average person would see or could be Interpreted as "Mickey Mouse Courses"

 

I supplied the list based on what you asked.... they do all exist if you would care to check....

 

Hairdressing-salon management ? University of Derby

http://www.derby.ac.uk/hairdressing-and-salon-management-fda-buxton

 

Fashion-and-lifestyle products ? Southampton Solent University

http://www.ceebd.co.uk/ceeed/un/uk/uksi0042.htm

 

Watersports science and development ? University of Portsmouth

http://uws.port.ac.uk/unitwebsearch/displayCourseDetails.do;jsessionid=99D3AEAA517755EE57CF99B40896DDE2?objectId=67983520&academicSession=2009

 

Sports-surfaces management ? Glyndwr University

http://careersadvice-findacourse1.direct.gov.uk/pls/hot_ca/aff_course_details.page_pls_course_details?x=75629785206&y=0&w=34054123&s=182343312&p=13&location_id=&town_city=&qualification=&a=260405&learneraccount=N&college_name=&study_mode=&phrase_search=

 

Contemporary circus and physical performance ? Bath Spa University

http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/contemporary-circus-and-physical-performance-fd.asp

 

Equestrian psychology ? Glyndwr University

http://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/Undergraduatecourses/EquestrianPsychology/

 

Cruise management ? University of Plymouth

http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/3697/BSc+(Hons)+Cruise+Management

 

Surf science and technology ? University of Plymouth

http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/1645/BSc+(Hons)+Surf+Science+and+Technology

 

Pop-music performance ? University of East London

http://www.uel.ac.uk/programmes/hss/undergraduate/popularmusic.htm

 

Sexual-health studies ? University of Central Lancashire

http://www.findamasters.com/search/showcourse.asp?cour_id=13859

 

Maybe they could lead to some jobs, but maybe not! but as far as I can see, they are all genuine courses and not just made up ones by the Times or Mail.

 

Of course one of the star attractions is the surfing degree/course and its highlights are listed as being:

 

?A globally unique qualification

?Opportunities to focus on particular areas of interest as the course progresses

?Excellent location and staff expertise

 

Globally unique says it all really!

 

Please to list all apologies here. :D

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Brilliant Baz! :lol: NuLab, in their middle class obsession with "going to University", not only dumbed down the education examination system to allow it (stll failing in the case of 50% of kids), but then tried to elevate mickey mouse subjects to encompass such attendance. I've no probs with vocational courses, the more the better, but they are the stuff of Colleges and work based courses NOT "Universities" - Warrington is a classic example of this progression: we used to have a "College" which then aspired to become a "University", so it joined the University of Chester - smoke and mirrors. Yes, kids do have a right to an equal opportunity to enter University, based on ability to pass the relevent exams rather than on the basis of affordabilty. Government should be in a position to estimate the number of Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, Lawyers etc that the economy requires, and should provide for their production. Lower down the ladder of esteem, but just as vital, is the production of electricians, plumbers, bricklayers etc - which we seem to be failing at producing. :shock:

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:shock: my son has just secured his place at Leeds university with A*s :D

He is studying aeronautics & aerospace engineering and he has worked his backside off since the age of 13 to achieve his results as he has always wanted to be a commercial pilot.

 

I'm proud of the hardwork he has put in and the determination to succeed so lets not knock all the youth of today please :evil:

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Ah, I see the problem now Baz, this article is a little dated:

 

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/education/article6829650.ece

 

Nope, obs definitely used the phrase "mickey mouse degrees" and if you don't know the difference between foundation degrees and BAs/BScs etc, you need to hone your academic snobbery a little. So, I'll ignore the foundations. The fashion and lifestyle products is not running this year, but what's wrong with product design anyway? Watersports science and development is another one not running this year. Sports surfaces management is not running. Already mentioned the horse whisperer course, but what on earth is wrong with studying cruise management or music performance? And that sexual health course is a post grad, you may even be able to get on to it with a Mickey Mouse degree!

 

So, don't fall for all the media hype folks. And, you're better of using the UCAS site for all your up-to-date degree information needs.

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The young people who have achieved passes in their A levels are the ones who've been working at school and studying at home, not the wasters who've been skiving off and hanging around the streets being a nuisance :wink::wink:

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