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Higher National Certificate & Diplomas (HNC/HND)

Highly-regarded by employers and considered more practical than a traditional degree. Both qualifications provide a pathway into a particular career

Foundation Degrees in Arts or Science (FdA/FdSc)

A Level 5 qualification equivalent to the first two years of a degree level programme – and one that combines work-based learning and academic study.

Top Up Degrees (Hons)

Provides the opportunity to build on your HND or Foundation Degree and receive an Honours Degree by completing a final year of study.

Bachelor of Arts or Science Degrees with Honours (BA/BSc)

These are standard higher education qualifications recognised across the UK and Europe. They typically take about three years to complete and are mainly full-time courses.

Professional Diplomas

Professional diplomas are vocational training courses that relate to a specific industry or career path.

Master’s Degrees (MA)

Ideal for graduates who want to study a particular subject in greater detail, a Master’s degree can also improve your employability.

Teacher Education Programmes

Applicants will usually be accepted onto the Certificate of Education (CertEd) or the Professional Graduate Certificate (PGC) dependent upon prior qualifications. Students enrolled on the PGC will then decide whether to. study two modules at Master’s Degree level and receive a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), or remain on the PGC. Similarly, students wishing to study all modules at Master’s Degree level may be able to study for a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). All qualifications are available for those working in teaching (in-service) or those looking to move into teaching (pre-service). There are also opportunities for students who have studied modules at Master’s Degree level to top-up to a full Master’s in Education qualification

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQ)

Some of our courses have been accredited by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education as HTQs. This means that the qualification has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses, so that our students get the specific training, knowledge and skills required for their chosen career.