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Study Higher Education qualifications

Welcome to our Higher Education Centre on Dorset’s beautiful Jurassic Coast offering a range of university level courses specifically designed to provide the key skills for work and for degree-level study in partnership with our awarding bodies: University of Plymouth and Pearson. We are proud to offer a value range of two-year Foundation Degrees (FdA/FdSc), Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and Higher National Certificates (HNCs) allowing students to stay local and study towards their higher education qualifications. Our Foundation Degrees will allow students the option to complete their degree level studies with a designated one-year top validated by their partner university either at the university or a partner institution or apply to other relevant courses at a university of their choice. Our HND courses are designed to give you the skills for a particular field of work, they can lead straight to a career or you can apply to top up to a relevant course at a university.

Study locally to help reduce your student debt

In addition to saving on accommodation and livings costs our Foundation Degree fees are £6500 per year and our HND fees are £5750 for Home/EU students compared to £9000+ payable at most universities.

HNC is the equivalent of the first year of a degree and is valued by employers as a recognised professional development for their employees.  As this is a part-time course it is suited to students who are currently employed and want to gain a work related qualification or students who might wish to enhance their employment opportunities.

Our Higher National Certificate fee is £3250 per year.

To find out more

The lecturers and staff will be happy to provide you with any advice and guidance you need to select a course that best meets your needs. For any further questions or information please contact Roz Osborne on 01305 764733 or by email

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