We offer a wide range of higher education qualifications
and we are one of only four colleges in the UK to be granted
Foundation Degree Awarding Powers.
Find out about our HE qualifications what they involve, and
where they can take you...
Honours Degrees - BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons)
Honours degrees (also known as bachelors degrees) are usually
studied for three years, full-time but can also be four year
sandwich courses (which include one year spent on placement).
There are many honours degree courses designed for students who
have completed an HND or foundation degree and focus only on the
final stage of the honours degree. These are usually called top-up
degrees and they allow students to ‘top-up’ an HND or foundation
degree to an honours degree with just one year of full-time study
(or longer if part-time).
Foundation Degrees - FdA, FdSc or FdEng
Foundation degrees combine specialist employment and academic
skills so that students relate their studies to existing employment
or to a placement in a relevant industry. A foundation degree is
often studied for two years, full-time or three years,
Some Warwickshire College foundation degrees can be studied over
two years but with only part-time attendance at college. This
approach is designed for people who are in full-time employment in
an appropriate role.
For non-employed foundation degree students, work placement is an
essential component of the course which provides graduates with
valuable employment skills and contacts. Foundation degree students
have guaranteed progression to the final stage of an honours degree
course so that they can gain an honours degree with just one
further year of full-time study.
Diploma of Higher Education – DipHE
A Diploma of Higher Education is equivalent to the first two
years of an honours degree.
This qualification is ideal for someone who does not wish to commit
to three years of study or someone who prefers to study at a
college for the first part of their degree and complete the final
stage at university so that they can gain an honours degree with
just one further year of full-time study.
Higher National Diplomas - HND
HNDs are two year, full-time courses, although it can be
possible to study an HND for three years, part-time. HNDs are
popular with school and college leavers who have completed a
National Diploma or A levels. Some HNDs involve work
After an HND, students can go directly into employment or progress
to an honours degree. Many colleges and universities will accept
HND graduates directly into the final stage of a degree course so
that they can gain an honours degree with just one further year of
Higher National Certificates - HNC
HNCs are two year, part-time courses that are popular with
employed students. HNC students usually attend College on one day
or two evenings a week.