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 by Josie Diggins
, posted On 20 Feb '19
 Head of Recruitment and Admissions at UCEN Manchester

A teachers introduction to college higher education

College higher education may be a beneficial option for students wishing to study in smaller classes on courses which are industry focused. Providers often have a diverse range of courses and qualifications such as BA or BSc (Hons) degrees, Higher National certificates (HNC), Higher National Diplomas (HND), Foundation degrees and prep-year courses.

Some students use HNC qualifications to ‘top-up’ their knowledge so they can progress onto degrees. Such as studying a HNC Applied Biology to gain further science credits to progress onto a nursing or midwifery degree for example.

Flexibility in course structures

Course structures are often flexible in college higher education. Many courses at UCEN Manchester are delivered over 2-3 days a week, this means students can fit their studies around other commitments such as part-time jobs and childcare. This flexibility types may appeal to your students as they feel they have more control over where their future education can take them.

University partnerships

Many college higher education providers will work in partnership with other institutions to create first-class courses. The courses are then awarded and validated by that institution. When your students use UCAS, you may have noticed that some colleges appear in your searches along with a note highlighting who the validating university partner is.

College higher education can open doors for students who had never before considered continuing their education, or it can provide a supportive and student-focused environment for all who wish to continue their studies.



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