Kingston Maurward University Centre partners with the Open University in new degree level courses

Kingston Maurward College is delighted to announce the launch of its exciting new partnership with The Open University (OU), which will be delivered at the state-of-the-art University Centre on its estate.

This is part of a £10million national programme across England which will see The Open University support nine further education colleges to put on a wider range of technical courses, with the aim to support more people to secure jobs with higher wages and grow the economy in their area.

The programme is supported by the Office for Students and the Department for Education and will see Kingston Maurward College receive specialist support from The Open University throughout the next two years to expand the number of Higher Education courses available in Dorset.

Brand new degree level courses in Dairy Herd Management and Rural Business Management accredited by the Open University (OU) starting this coming September at Kingston Maurward, present enormous opportunity to aspiring agriculturists to further explore their knowledge in a working farm in stunning surroundings.
Additional degree level courses also start this September in Animal Behaviour & Welfare, Marine Ecology, Agriculture, Outdoor Adventure, Equine, Public Services, and Horticulture.

Dorchester Chamber Dorset networkingThese, and the brand new OU programmes, will be showcased at Degree Level Open Day on Wednesday 15th May at the University Centre Kingston Maurward. The event will give potential students insight into the courses, an opportunity to speak directly with tutors, and a chance to look around the estate, and the purpose-built University Centre. Farmer, and celebrity Countryfile presenter, Adam Henson, will be speaking at the event, along with Kingston Maurward Principal, Luke Rake. For more information and to register go to or check Facebook.

Head of Higher Education Mat Jarvis, said: Working with the Open University is such as great opportunity for the University Centre at Kingston Maurward. This project with the OU is enabling the College to develop new programmes to support the local rural economy by offering higher technical and vocational qualifications. I am really looking forward to seeing more and more people studying at the University Centre in the future and making use of our great estate and facilities.”

Tom Hallam, Deputy Principal of Kingston Maurward College, said: “We are thrilled to have been successful in our application for Kingston Maurward College to participate in the programme. This hugely exciting collaboration with The Open University will really accelerate our higher education programme offer. This will be a huge boost for the Higher Education offer in Dorset and the surrounding regions, especially as Dorset is a ‘cold spot’ for higher education and this programme will help us to deliver higher education courses that match the skills needs of the local community.”

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