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HNC, HND & Foundation Degrees

HE courses explained

Our higher education (HE) courses will allow you to gain a qualification equivalent to the first 2 years of a traditional bachelor's honours degree. 

They offer an alternative and often cost effective way to study at university level. After completing your HE course, you can either choose to top up your qualification to a full honours degree at a partner university or go straight into work with this higher qualification on your CV.

If you’ve been out of education for some time and don’t have any A-levels or their equivalents, you can enrol for our Access to Higher Education diploma courses which gets you back into learning and prepares you for study at university level.

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HNCs and HNDs

HNCs and HNDs are university level courses that are equivalent to the first and second years, respectively, of an honours degree. We offer a range of vocational HNCs and HNDs that, once completed, you can then choose to top up to a full honours degree at certain universities.

Annual course fees for HNDs and HNCs are much lower than for a full degree. For more information, visit our course fees page or contact the Admissions Team on 01243 786321.


Foundation Degrees

Foundation Degrees are a relatively new type of university level qualification. They are innovative because they are work related and have been designed in consultation with employers to equip students with the relevant knowledge and skills for business.  If you're already in work, a foundation degree will give you the skills you need to develop your career further.  If you're moving on from full-time education, a foundation degree (which usually takes two years full-time) could be the perfect kick start to your career.

If you want to know more about foundation degrees visit the Learning at Work Information Service website.


Extended Degrees

Extended degrees are offered by universities, particularly in science related subjects, to enable those who don't have the appropriate qualifications to take a related honours degree, either because you didn't get the required grades in science or because you have been studying humanities and now want to transfer to science.  We work in partnership with universities to offer the first foundation year of their extended degrees. 

Contact the Admissions Team on 01243 786321 for more information.


How to apply

You will need to apply through UCAS for all our university level courses . To find out more about our university level courses and to talk through your individual situation call 01243 786321.

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