NELSON and Colne College is to close its acclaimed music department.
Although current students will be able to complete their qualifications, the college confirmed this week that it will not be recruiting to both music and vocational performing arts in the future.
A spokesman for the college said on Wednesday: “We can confirm that the college is seeking to make financial savings in light of the unprecedented Government funding cuts and increased financial challenges facing many colleges and the wider public sector.
“In order to minimise the impact of this, the college has already undertaken a management restructure and voluntary redundancy process. However, to ensure that we remain in a strong position, we have no choice but to further reduce our staffing costs.
“Two curriculum areas are affected. These are music and vocational performing arts as they are subject to relatively low student demand.
“While we will no longer recruit to these curriculum areas, students currently enrolled will be able to complete their full qualification. The college is working in collaboration with local institutions to continue to provide A-Level music to applicants who wish to start in September.
“A-Level theatre studies and dance will still be offered by the college, as will all other courses advertised in our prospectus.
“In addition, a small number of administration posts have been removed due to the severe reduction in finances. As a result, A-Level tutors will now deliver mentoring and tutorial support for A-Level students.
“The college continues to enjoy high levels of recruitment for the majority of its curriculum and was delighted with the excellent modular results published last week.
“Students and parents can be assured that the primary focus of the college will remain, as ever, on helping our students to continue to achieve their full potential in a successful and high performing environment.”