Attending a university is expensive, time-consuming and – for some people – impossible to fit into their family life or professional circumstances. But there are other ways of gaining a university-level qualification.
Central Campus offers a variety of Higher Education courses, without the higher costs and inconvenience of enrolling at a university. Some of these qualifications are awarded by a university and have the same value as they would if you studied them at a university. Others are awarded by nationally-recognised examination boards and are equally valued by both universities and employers.
All of the Higher Education courses that we run are specifically aimed at increasing your employability and career prospects; the knowledge that you’ll gain here can be directly applied to the world of work, and most of our HE students study while in full or part time employment.
Our qualifications explained:
Foundation Degrees are vocational qualifications, with courses generally lasting two years. They have been designed in partnership with employers, in order to make them directly relevant to your career prospects. When you have completed your Foundation Degree, you could choose to convert it into an Honours Degree by studying for an extra year at university.
Higher National Diploma (HND) is a BTEC qualification that generally take two years of full-time study. Hours may or may not allow you to work while studying. HNDs are widely recognised by employers, who value their relevance and practical aspects. Many universities will also take students who have a relevant HND into the second or third year of a degree course.
Higher National Certificate (HNC) is also a BTEC qualification that generally take two years of part-time study. Like HNDs, they are great routes into employment and can also count towards a university degree for students who decide to take their education further.
Diploma in Education and Training equips teacher trainees with the knowledge and practical skills required for teaching adult learners. Successful completion confers licensed practitioner status, QTLS, and full professional recognition.
Access to Higher Education courses are routes into university for adults who are interested in studying for a degree in the areas of teaching, or community work or policing, but who have been out of education for some years. Each year, around 20,000 Access to HE students apply for a degree course at a UK university.
By far the best way of deciding which qualification is right for you is to come down to one of the open events. Alternatively, please telephone 0800 622006 with any questions you may have.