he 6Our higher education students join us from all over the country and from Europe and further overseas. Many of our students come from the local area within Northampton and the surrounding towns and villages. We welcome students of all ages including those leaving school sixth forms. However, many of our higher education students are adults returning to education with a clear commitment to their chosen career path.

Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and Higher National certificates (HNCs) are technical and professional qualifications designed for those who have a clear idea about the career path they want to follow.

When you join a higher education programme at the College, you will be taught by industry professionals and gain access to work experience placements in a variety of live environments. Our teachers have extensive experience in their professional fields and boast impressive CVs. We have developed external links with a range of external organisations and regularly host workshops and visiting lecturer events with professionals from within the relevant industries.

Feedback on the College’s higher education indicates that it was very highly rated in the National Student Survey of 2018 with scores above sector average for teaching quality, staff expertise and assessment and feedback. See the full details here.

All our higher education programmes are taught at our state of the art Booth Lane campus with industry standard equipment and facilities. 

Some courses including our part time HNCs and Higher Level Apprenticeships are taught in your place of work with time spent in college to top up your underpinning knowledge and gain the qualification.

Higher education students enjoy a dedicated study area within the library and can take advantage of additional privileges including a more relaxed dress code and unsupervised access to some workshops and teaching rooms. 

External and professional links

The College has developed sound working relationships with businesses and organisations that enable students to gain exposure to live professional environments and work experience. Partners include:

Flexible learning

Most of higher nationals are available as full-time programmes but can also be studied on a part-time basis over 3-4 years. Some HNCs and our Initial Teacher Training programmes are studied on a part-time basis only. 


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