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Higher Education At Southport College University Centre

Southport College University Centre currently offers a range of Higher Education options:

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      Applicants must apply via UCAS. For further assistance you can contact a member of our Guidance team by email or telephone on (01704) 392704.

      Our qualifications explained

      Honours Degrees

      Honours Degrees are the highest level of qualification offered at Southport College. They involve three years of study and combine some practical sessions alongside theory based learning, often with a dissertation or project in the final year. Students who have completed HNDs or Foundation Degrees may be eligible to 'top up' to an Honours Degree.

      If you would like to speak to one of our Student Advisers about how our Higher Education programmes could work for you, please contact our course enquiry hotline on 01704 392704.

      Foundation Degrees

      Foundation Degrees are designed to equip you for a particular area of work; as well as giving you the general skills that are useful in any type of job. They’re university-level qualifications, like other degrees but Foundation Degree courses are designed with a particular area of work in mind, with the help of employers from that sector. Typically, you’ll get the chance to learn in the workplace as well as the classroom. Foundation Degrees offer a route into higher education for people of all ages and backgrounds.


      HNCs (Higher National Certificates) and HNDs (Higher National Diplomas) are work-related (vocational) higher education qualifications. Whilst bachelor’s degrees tend to focus on gaining knowledge, HNCs and HNDs are designed to give you the skills to put that knowledge to effective use in a particular job. HNCs take two years to complete part time, or one year full time, and HNDs take two years full time. 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.

      HNDs and HNCs can also provide exemption from certain degree modules.

      Access To Higher Education Courses

      Access to Higher Education Diplomas are designed for students aged over 19 who want to take their career in a new direction by building up relevant subject qualifications at a level which is equivalent to GCSE and A Level standard. The Access to Higher Education Diploma courses last for 30 weeks over one academic year. An Access course will give you a QAA recognised Access certificate which can be used as an entrance qualification for related University courses. You can read about the range of Access courses we offer here.

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