BTECs are full-time programmes of study that can last for between one and two years. They help give you the skills to move on to higher education or work. They are related to industry sectors such as hair and beauty, media or engineering. BTECs are made up of a number of units, usually assessed through assignments and some tests. Level 3 BTEC diplomas are the equivalent of three A-levels for the purposes of applying to and entering university.
If you want to gain a qualification to help you progress in the workplace, our professional courses could be what you are looking for. You will find many options available, including: human resources, accounting, health and safety, security and much more.
A Foundation Degree is an innovative higher education career-focused qualification. Designed with employers, it helps equip you with the knowledge and skills needed for a particular career.
A Foundation Degree is equivalent to the second year of a three-year Honours Degree. They are usually offered full-time over two years and part-time over three years. In many cases, you will be allowed to continue studying on completion of your foundation degree to achieve a full honours degree.
Foundation Degrees combine work-based learning with academic study. Attendance at college can vary
from one to four days a week, depending on the mode of study and your chosen programme. This
means a Foundation Degree allows you to combine work and study, so you can earn while you learn.
Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas
A Higher National Certificate (HNC) is equivalent to year one of an Honours degree. It can usually be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years.
A Higher National Diploma (HND) is equivalent to the first two years of an Honours degree
BA Honours degrees
An Honours degree usually takes three years to study full-time (longer if available part-time.) An Honours degree will prepare you for progression into your chosen career or for postgraduate studies.