Higher Education

Why Choose Higher Education at City of Wolverhampton College?

Affordable high quality education

If you want an affordable alternative to university and you want to excel in your career and enhance your prospects we have a course for you.

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!

Our HNC/D courses are typically £4,500* per year whereas university course fees can cost anywhere up to £9,000 per year – that’s half price! *course fees may vary

Half the price doesn’t mean half the quality, in fact, with our industry standard facilities, dedicated HE Centre and continual investment in teaching we pride ourselves in giving our students the best experience of Higher Education. 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.

Get the skills employers want
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.

Top facilities on your doorstep
There’s no need to live away from home to study towards a degree when you can stay right here in Wolverhampton. The Higher Education and Professional Centre on the Paget Road campus is exclusively for HE students and equipped with excellent IT facilities, comfortable social learning spaces and dedicated catering facilities, as well as its own registry for dealing with enrolment, finance, course and careers queries.

Flexible ways to study
We offer a range of part-time courses to help you succeed in your chosen career – from short professional courses to HNCs, HNDs and Foundation degrees – and with family-friendly options and flexible modular units available you can study in a way that suits you and fits in with your lifestyle.

Develop your skills, unlock your talents and improve your future by going higher with us!

HE Tuition Fees & Finance

The costs

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

Loan Repayment

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

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.

What are HNCs and HNDs?

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.

What is the difference between a HNC and HND?

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.

What can I do after an HNC or HND?

You have a few options:

  • You can pursue your chosen career with your newly acquired knowledge and skills
  • If you’re already employed you can apply your new skills and knowledge to enhance your career prospects
  • You can top up your qualification to a full honours degree at university. If you have achieved an HND you should be able to secure a place at university on the third year of a degree course – this means only one year of university fees!

I work full-time. Can I study an HNC/D?

Yes. You can study part-time.

£1000 off HE tuition fees per year when you study a full Level 3 qualification** with us from September 2014 and progress on to a HNC/D or Foundation Degree at City of Wolverhampton College.

** A full Level 3 is equivalent to 2 A Levels or more or a BTEC Level 3.


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