Higher Education Qualifications & Qualification Levels

With fees lower than many universities, we offer affordable excellence on your door step and what’s more our courses are flexible, allowing you to fit your studies around work and/or family life. You may be entitled to a student loan to support your learning.

Solihull College & University Centre offers courses for those living or working in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Warwickshire or other areas of the West Midlands.

Higher National Certificates concentrate on both skills and knowledge of specific industries. The content studied is very similar to a HND, but you will study fewer modules. Most HNCs can take you directly onto the second year of a full honours degree. They can also be used as a stepping stone to gain a managerial role or professional status within your employment.

Higher National Diplomas concentrate on both skills and knowledge of specific industries. They focus on learning by doing and can lead into a new career or help you progress in your current line of work. Most HNDs can take you directly onto the second or third year of a full honours degree.

Foundation Degrees equip learners with a combination of technical skills and university-level academic knowledge. The qualifications are specifically designed to fill skills gaps in the job market. A Foundation Degree is often equivalent to the first two years of an undergraduate degree and can be topped up to gain a full honours degree.

Top-Up Degrees allow you to upgrade your HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent qualification to a full honours degree. The Top-Up is designed to give you the knowledge and skills required for your new and exciting career in industry. Top-Up Degrees are studied over one year full-time or over 18 months if studied part-time.Level 6 Degrees

Bachelor’s Degrees develop your analytical, intellectual and essay writing skills that are increasingly being demanded by employers. They are studied through lecture and seminar-based learning with practical components where the subject requires and are assessed through projects, written assignments, and examinations and, in most cases, a dissertation.

A master’s degree is a postgraduate qualification that involves a more in-depth understanding of a subject.

Our professional courses offer you the opportunity to enhance and develop the skills and knowledge that will help you score career success whether you want to take your first step into management or the opportunity to have your industrial experience recognised.

We offer many recognised professional qualifications in accounting, marketing, human resource management and leadership & management accredited by the industry chartered bodies, such as AAT, CAM, CIM, CIPD and ILM.

Visit our management and professional section for more information.

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