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Qualifications on offer include:

  • Access to Higher Education
  • Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diplomas
  • Foundation Degree
  • Diploma in  Education and Training
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Access to Higher Education (A2HE)

Access to HE normally acts as entry onto the first year of an Honours degree or Foundation degree course. This is a one year, two day a week course, nationally validated through Apt Ed.  The A2HE programme is designed for aged 19+ students to gain entry to Higher Education across a range of subjects.

All applicants are required to possess the equivalent of a GCSE Grade C  pass or above in either English or Maths prior to starting the course. As part of the interviewing process applicants are required to complete initial assessments in English and Maths

Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Higher National Diplomas (HND)

HNCs (Higher National Certificates) and HNDs (Higher National Diplomas) are work-related (vocational) higher education qualifications. HNCs and HNDs are designed to give you the skills to put that knowledge to effective use in a particular job. They are highly valued by employers both in the UK and overseas, and can also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations. HNCs can take one year to complete full time and two years part time (or in other situations such as distance learning). HNDs take two years full time and can also be taken part time (which takes longer).

HNCs and HNDs are at level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework. On the Qualifications and Credit Framework, HNCs are at level 4 and HNDs are at level 5.

Foundation Degrees FdA/FdSc

Foundation degrees are designed to increase access and widen participation into Higher Education and are one of the quickest and convenient routes, particularly for students who prefer to study locally

A Foundation degree is a modern, higher education qualification, designed and delivered in partnership with degree awarding bodies, sector skills councils and with the involvement of employers.  This is devised to equip you with the skills and knowledge employers are looking for ensuring that you will be in the best position to find the job of your choice when you graduate.

Full-time Foundation Degrees are a two year course often timetabled to take place over two or three days a week.

A professional work experience placement is usually an essential part of the course which enhances your career opportunities.

Diploma in Education and Training (DET)

The Diploma in Education and Training (DET) is for anyone working as or planning to become a teacher in further, adult or continuing education. You should already be qualified or experienced in the subject you wish to teach to at least to Level 3 standard.   You will have a high level of skills and possess at least a Level 3 or above in literacy, numeracy and ICT.

This is a Level 5 qualification which will prepare you for a teaching role and is suitable for those who come from a variety of vocational backgrounds. You may already be in a teaching role or have no prior experience. However, you will need to complete 100 hours of teaching practice across a range of levels in recognised teaching and learning environments.

Bachelor’s Degree (BSc Hons) ‘Top-Up’

A Top-Up degree is the equivalent to the final year of undergraduate study, giving you a Bachelor’s level qualification. These courses enable you to ‘top-up’ an existing qualification, whether that’s a Foundation degree or another relevant Level 5 qualification such as HND in an appropriate subject discipline.

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