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Higher Education and University

Studying at University is an amazing opportunity, but university is a big commitment and not for everyone. We recommend that students spend some time thinking about whether University is right for them, perhaps imagine where they see themselves in five years’ time and also explore some of the other alternatives to university that are now available.

Click here for a general guide to Higher Education qualifications and click here for alternatives to university in general.

If a student decides that going to university is the right thing for them, there will be lots of support available at college. From help choosing the right course to finding out what it’s actually like being at uni, students are encouraged to pop into the Careers Common Room and speak to one of the Careers Team.

Once students begin the formal application process for university, our UCAS Advisor, based in the LRC, will be on hand to proofread personal statements and answer any questions (from both students and parent-guardians or carers)


Please click here to view our formalised UCAS Process

Click here to see the Degree Level courses available here at the College.

You can find out more about University and the UCAS application process by visiting the UCAS website here

Foundation Degree or Higher National Diplomas

A Foundation Degree is designed to prepare students for working in a specific industry. They are a combination of work and study. Foundation Degrees cost around £6,500 per year, but these tuition fees can vary. Foundation Degrees are typically organised by universities in partnership with local colleges and can be applied for through UCAS.

Students can opt to complete a Top-Up Degree, which is a final year of study that can turn the Foundation Degree into a full Honours Degree.

A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a vocational qualification that can be studied full-time or part-time to prepare for a career in a specific industry. HNDs often cover Engineering, Sciences, Business, Computing or Health and Social Care.

Click here for more detailed information on Higher National Diplomas

Click here for a general guide to Higher Education qualifications

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