Higher Education courses explained

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Our Foundation Degrees (FdA/FdSc), BSc (Hons) top-up courses and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are highly valued by employers. They will give you the qualifications, skills and confidence you need to be successful in your chosen field.

Foundation Degrees (FdA/ FdSc)

Foundation Degrees are equivalent to the first two years of a full Honours Degree. For example, an FdA is equivalent to the first two years of a BA and an FdSc is equivalent to the first two years of a BSc. We offer progression routes from all our Foundation Degrees to the third year of a BA or BSc course at our partner universities or other UK universities. Students can now also progress from some FdSc courses to a third BSc top-up year here at the College.

  • Combine academic study with practical and technical training for specific careers
  • Designed and delivered in partnership with employers
  • Equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree (Level 5)
  • Allow progression to the final year of an Honours Degree (on passing the course)
  • Assessed through exams, practical work and on-the-job training
  • Awarded by our partner universities, City University London or London Metropolitan University.

Read Adam Henry's story to see how bold ambitions can be achieved studying foundation degrees.

BSc (Hons) top-up courses

BSc (Hons) top-up courses are equivalent to the third year of a degree and allow students who have achieved an FdSc to “top-up” their Foundation Degree to a full Honours Degree. The College now offers one-year BSc (Hons) top-up courses at our Centre for Applied Sciences.

  • Combine academic study with practical and technical training for specific careers
  • Designed and delivered in partnership with employers
  • Equivalent to the third year of an Honours Degree (Level 6)
  • Assessed through exams, practical work and on-the-job training
  • Awarded by our partner universities, City University London or London Metropolitan University

Higher National Diplomas (HNDs)

  • Combine theory and practice to develop practical and technical skills for a particular field of work
  • Designed in collaboration with industry experts
  • Hands-on approach that is highly valued by employers
  • HNDs are equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree (Level 5)
  • Can be converted to a full Honours Degree with extra study
  • Assessed through assignments and practical tasks
  • Awarded by Edexcel

Read Nick Valentine's story to see why he took a HND