Higher Education (HE) Courses
A Higher Education qualification can help you to progress in your chosen career path or onto a university degree course and is highly valued by employers.
There are lots of reasons to study at higher education level
- Our Foundation Degrees are validated by Universities
- Our competitive tuition fees are both high-quality and great
- Students joining us from September 2017 may apply for an HE
bursary of up to £1,000 (eligibility criteria applies)
- We work with over 700 employers so you'll benefit from good
- We offer excellent progression opportunities - study at HNC or
HND at competitive rates and then you may choose to top-up to a
degree at university
- Flexibility - we offer full and part-time courses and aim to be
flexible around your commitments
Here at Northumberland College we offer HNCs, HNDs and Degree
HNCs and HNDs
Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas are
work-related qualifications that are highly valued by employers.
HNC and HND courses are a mix of academic and hands-on practical
and vocational learning that will develop the skills you need in
HNC = Level 4 qualification
HND = Level 5 qualification
On successful completion of an HNC or HND course you may choose
to progress to a degree level qualification.
You will normally be aged over 18 and have successfully
completed a relevant Level 3 qualification (BTEC, A
Level, Access to HE).
Foundation Degrees are vocational higher education
qualifications that combine academic and work-based
learning. They are designed with the help of employers and can
usually be studied on a
full or part-time basis.
Our Foundation Degrees are offered in partnership with
universities so, upon successful completion, you will receive a
university accredited qualification.
A Foundation Degree course can be taken as a stand-alone
qualification or upon successful completion you may top-up to the
final year of an Honours Degree. They are usually equivalent to the
first two years of an Honours Degree but you will need to check
with your chosen university.
Our Access Agreement sets out the tuition fees and financial
support arrangements for direct funded Higher Education students at
Northumberland College for 2018/19. To view the agreement click
Our Foundation Degrees, PGCE and Cert Ed courses are offered in
partnership with the following universities:
Northumberland College has been awarded a Bronze Award
under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) developed by the
Department for Education. This award recognises the excellence of
undergraduate teaching, learning environments and student