Degrees and higher education

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Our Higher Education partner, UCEN Manchester are all about combining the best of academic and career-based learning. They do that by:

  • Employing tutors with current or previous industry experience and connections
  • Offering courses with clear employment outcomes
  • Keeping class sizes small
  • Offering award-winning student support.

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Degrees step by step

Three year degrees aren't the only way to take your learning to the next level. You might want to build your confidence, skills and qualifications a year or two at a time and start with a HNC, HND or Foudation Degree. We explain how you can take this further below. 

A foundation degree is a great place to begin if you’re getting back into education and eager to lay the groundwork – either for work-related skills or as a stepping stone to a full university degree. It will help you further develop your career if you’re already in a job, or provide you with work-related learning options with relevant employers if this is a new career path.

Like other types of university-level courses, foundation degrees are split into two disciplines: arts (FdA) and sciences (FdSc). They usually take two years to complete when studying full-time, but they can also be done part-time.

Upon completion of a foundation degree, you’ll receive a qualification that’s equivalent to the first two years of a traditional university degree. From here, you can go into your career with your award, or you can ‘top up’ your degree with a further year of study.

Topping up your foundation degree converts your qualification to a bachelor’s degree. You can do this with The Manchester College and save a lot of money on tuition fees!

Begin your search for a foundation degree

Both a HNC and HND are focused on helping you get a head start in a specific industry, with all the relevant skills you’ll need for the sector.

A Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a vocational-based qualification. That means you’ll be studying for a career in a specific area, with practical work-related training and education, and a focus on preparing you for a real-world job. Studying full-time, a HNC course usually takes a year, or you can do it on a part-time basis over two years.

After completing a HNC, you could convert your qualification to a HND with further study. A Higher National Diploma is the next level up, with more units to study and typically taking two years to complete on a full-time basis.

With a HNC or HND, you could enter the second or third year of a bachelor’s degree and ‘top up’ your qualification. Or you can use this higher level of qualification to showcase your skills and expertise in your chosen career and secure a great job.

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The most common type of university level qualification is a bachelor’s degree – either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Sciences (Bsc). They can be taken in a diverse range of subjects and usually take three or four years to complete on a full-time basis.

Bachelors' degrees are often more academically focused, although we offer a number of options which are more vocational based – ensuring you’ll have lots of hands-on learning opportunities alongside classroom study.

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Don’t worry if you’re confused by the different choices for university-level qualifications.  The variety of options mean that you can decide on a path of study that suits your individual circumstances.

But you don’t have to decide on your own! Our expert Student Careers Team are on hand to speak with you about your career goals and find the right option for you.

All you need to do to speak with us is send an email  or pick up the phone!