HE courses

A Higher Education qualification can help you to progress in your chosen career path or onto a university degree course and is highly valued by employers.

There are lots of reasons to study at higher education level with us:

  • Our Foundation Degrees are validated by Universities
  • Our competitive tuition fees are both high-quality and great value
  • Students may apply for an HE bursary of up to £1,000 (eligibility criteria applies)
  • We work with over 700 employers so you'll benefit from good industry links
  • We offer excellent progression opportunities - study at HNC or HND at competitive rates and then you may choose to top-up to a degree at university
  • Flexibility - we offer full and part-time courses and aim to be flexible around your commitments


Click here to find out more about the Higher Education Courses we have available or download the dedicated Higher Education Course Guide.


Here at Northumberland College we offer HNCs, HNDs and Degree Level courses

HNCs and HNDs

Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas are work-related qualifications that are highly valued by employers. HNC and HND courses are a mix of academic and hands-on practical and vocational learning that will develop the skills you need in the workplace.

HNC = Level 4 qualification

HND = Level 5 qualification

On successful completion of an HNC or HND course you may choose to progress to a degree level qualification.

Foundation Degrees

You will normally be aged over 18 and have successfully completed a relevant Level 3 qualification (BTEC, A Level, Access to HE).

Foundation Degrees are vocational higher education qualifications that combine academic and work-based learning. They are designed with the help of employers and can usually be studied on a
full or part-time basis.

Our Foundation Degrees are offered in partnership with universities so, upon successful completion, you will receive a university accredited qualification.

A Foundation Degree course can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or upon successful completion you may top-up to the final year of an Honours Degree. They are usually equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree but you will need to check with your chosen university.


Our Access Agreement sets out the tuition fees and financial support arrangements for direct funded Higher Education students at Northumberland College for 2018/19. To view the agreement click here.


Our Foundation Degrees, PGCE and Cert Ed courses are offered in partnership with the following universities:







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Northumberland College has been awarded a Bronze Award under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) developed by the Department for Education. This award recognises the excellence of undergraduate teaching, learning environments and student outcomes.


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