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Studying at college is no different to studying at university. There are no up-front costs and you can apply for a student loan to cover the cost of your course which you don’t have to pay back until you’re earning over £21,000 a year. And by staying local you could also save money on accommodation costs too!
We know what employers want from our students and we work with them to develop our courses. We also have links with top local and national employers including the BBC, Moog, Express & Star, Carillion and Jaguar Land Rover.
We have brilliant facilities on your doorstep – our HE Centre is exclusively for our HE students and is equipped with excellent IT facilities, comfortable social learning spaces and dedicated catering facilities.
We work closely with the University of Wolverhampton who are the awarding body for our courses so you can use the universities facilities as well as college
You can study part-time to pursue your dreams to fit around work or home commitments
Our HE staff are all highly qualified with professional experience in their particular subject area and smaller classes and learning groups mean they can focus on you more and help you reach your maximum potential.
HNC/HND/Foundation Degrees course fees for 2015/16:
Student Loans are available to cover all fees, full-time and part-time.
To cover the costs of studying you can apply for:
• Tuition Fee Loan – to cover your tuition fees in full (full-time & part-time students)
• Maintenance Loan – for living costs, like rent (full-time students only)
• Maintenance Grant – if your household income is less than £42,600 per annum (full-time students only)
• Scholarships and Bursaries
• Extra financial help – if you have a disability or children or adults depending on you
Full-time students have to pay back any loans plus interest once you complete your course and start earning more than £21,000 a year.
Part-time students who earn over £21,000 a year have to start paying back their loans after three years even if their course hasn’t finished.
Do I have to pay back grants?
You do not have to pay back any grants, scholarships or bursaries that you may receive for your course.
For the best source of exactly what student finance support you will qualify for and be entitled to, please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance
Things to remember:
• You don’t start repaying your loan until you earn £21,000
• Part-time students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan
Part-time study can help you develop your career and prepare for a different future.
We understand your aims and aspirations whether you’re establishing, progressing or changing your career. All of our courses can be studied part-time so you can pursue your dreams to fit around your work or home life.
Dependant on the course you choose you can attend from just one evening a week, or during the daytime, such as one or two afternoons a week.
We also offer blended study – a combination of some taught session and online materials.
Part-time is the most affordable option with full tuition fee loans available.
Help with childcare costs
Full-time higher education students with children can apply for a Childcare Grant of:
The grant helps with childcare costs for children under 15, or under 17 if they have special educational needs.
You must be eligible for student finance to apply for a Childcare Grant.
* A full Level 3 is equivalent to 2 A Levels or more or a BTEC Level 3.
Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are undergraduate qualifications. They are vocational and designed to equip you with specific skills in your chosen subject area.
AN HNC can take one year to complete full-time or two years to complete part-time – it’s generally equivalent to the first year of a university course. An HND is the next step up – generally equivalent to the second year of a university course. An HND can take two years to complete studying full-time or three years part-time.
You have a few options:
Yes. You can study part-time.
Contrary to common belief, Foundation Degrees are not foundation courses or entry routes to a degree – they are fully-fledged university level degree courses in their own right and offer an excellent work-based alternative to the traditional classroom focused university honours degree route. Our Foundation Degrees are run in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton.
Studying a Foundation Degree will still get you that all important degree qualification, equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree. But because employers help create Foundation Degrees, they are designed to address sector skills gaps making their content completely relevant to employer needs. While your course will contain a proportion of formal degree-level academic study, a significant chunk of your learning will practical work-related study, meaning you’ll gain tailored technical and practical skills specific to your chosen profession.
Foundation Degrees will also equip you with employability and transferable skills, such as communication, computer literacy, organisation, management and leadership, time management, planning, problem-solving, independent thinking, motivating others etc. Employers have identified such skills as being essential to the future prosperity and competitiveness of their businesses.
Employers recognise the value Foundation Degree graduates can bring to the workplace and the impressive list of companies involved in the design, development and delivery of courses now includes KLM, Network Rail, Norwich Union, Rolls Royce, BMW, Specsavers, Radisson Edwardian, the Metropolitan Police and the National Health Service to name but a few!
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