Getting into Higher Education



Have you ever wanted a job that requires some form of Higher Education qualification and/or a degree? A lot of my customers find gaining Higher Education qualifications daunting, especially when they consider taking three or four years out of their life to study full-time at university. Surprisingly though, there are four options available when looking to gain access to Higher Education. Let’s have a look at them now:

Foundation Degree

Foundation Degrees focus on a particular profession. They are a fabulous idea if you want to work whilst also studying for your degree. Even if you’re not in work, the skills you learn during the two years you are studying will help to advance your career. They usually take two years to complete if attending full-time, part-time will obviously take longer. You will normally have the option of studying for a third year and obtaining a full Honours Degree if you wish.

Honours Degree

An Honours Degree is obtained by attending university on a full time basis over three or four years, and is the route the majority of students take. It usually focuses on a particular subject. Sometimes there will be a year of work experience included in the course, so that you can gain experience in the relevant industry.

Higher National Certificate (HNC) / Higher National Diploma (HND)

HNC & HND qualifications are usually gained by attending a local college on a full or part-time basis. They’re a great way of earning a qualification in a vocational subject. A HNC will take one year to complete full-time, or two years part-time. It is the equivalent of studying for the first year at university. A HND takes two years to complete full-time, or three to four years part-time. This is equivalent to two years at university.

If you would like to continue studying to earn a full degree, you will usually be allowed into the second year of a degree if you have an HNC, and the second or third year if you have a HND.

Level 6 Diploma

A Level 6 Diploma is a qualification that is equivalent to a degree, but instead of going to either a college or a university to study, you do this type of qualification at work. An assessor will come to your work place to conduct tutorials and also to complete observations. This type of qualification can take anywhere from one to three years to complete, depending on your previous qualifications.

If you would like any further advice, please contact us on 0800 100 900.

– Marie, Careers Adviser


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