Higher Education

Why Choose Higher Education at City of Wolverhampton College?

Did you know that you can study a HND or Foundation Degree and then just do one year top-up at university to get a full honours degree?

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!

So why choose us?

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.

Save £££££s! Did you also know that studying a university level course at college can save you thousands of pounds?

HNC/HND/Foundation Degrees course fees for 2015/16:

  • Full-time – £5,500 per year
  • Part-time (60 credits) – £2,750
  • Part-time (80 credits) – £3,667

So what are you waiting for? Apply today!

We also have bite-sized HE study options. Click here for more information…

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.

Help with childcare costs
Full-time higher education students with children can apply for a Childcare Grant of:

  • up to £150.23 a week for 1 child
  • up to £257.55 a week for 2 or more children

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.

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£1000 off HE tuition fees per year when you study a full Level 3 qualification* with us and progress on to a full-time 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.

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.

What are Foundation Degrees?

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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