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Undergraduate & Access

Higher Education Explained

When we talk about higher education, we mean university-level qualifications, these generally include:

Higher national certificate (HNC) - Level 4

This qualification prepares you for work in a specific area, usually over a year. You can move from an HNC to an HND or a foundation degree. Some universities will accept you straight on to the second or final year of an honours degree.

Higher national diploma (HND) - Level 5

This is a work-related qualification in itself. You convert it over one or two years from an HNC. Alternatively the HND is a stepping stone to a degree course.

Foundation degrees

This course is equivalent to the first two years (Levels 4 and 5) of an honours degree. You can study a variety of work-related subjects, full or part-time, to fit around your work or other commitments. The option of taking an extra year to top up to a full honours degree is also yours.

Honours degree

We offer our bachelor of arts (BA Hons) and bachelor of science (BSc Hons) degrees in conjunction with our partner universities - Kingston, Canterbury Christ Church and Cumbria. After studying the first one or two years with us you'll complete your degree at university.

Postgraduate qualifications

Develop a deeper understanding of a specific subject with a postgraduate qualification. Choose from the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching (PGCE) or the Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership (EDSML).

Masters degree – Level 7

You can usually complete a masters degree in one year following an honours degree. Choose either a master of arts (MA) or master of business administration (MBA).

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