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Higher Education

Stay Local And Go Further

A university level qualification can make a huge difference to your career prospects. 

So whether you're at the start of your journey, looking to progress in your career or want to change direction you will find what you're looking for at our Chichester, Crawley and Brinsbury campuses, part of the Chichester College Group.

Access a variety of higher education courses and receive outstanding support from our highly experienced lecturers.

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Coming soon!

New for 2020*

  • Foundation Degree in Environmental Engineering and Disruptive Technologies
  • Foundation Degree in Innovative and Future Technologies
  • Foundation Degree in Furniture Design and Production
  • Foundation Degree in Sustainable Food Production
  • International Post Graduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE)

*Validated by the University of Chichester - subject to approval

Why Go To College?

Entry Requirements
Our entry requirements are unique for each course, depending on course level and applicants' prior experience.

Funding & Fees
Our fees are typically lower than you'll pay at university and support is available to help cover tuition and living costs. Find out more about funding your Higher Education course.

We work closely with local comployers, so you can be assured that our courses reflect the skills you'll need in your chosen industry. 96% of our students gain employment after completing a higher education course (DLHE 2018).

Facilties & Resources
We offer a flexible and supportive study environment, in industry-standard facilities.

Experience & Knowledge
Our teaching staff have strong links with local businesses and a wealth of industry experience, that is integrated into your course.

Support & Guidance
You will have a dedicated personal tutor who will guide, advise and support you - and with small class sizes, you'll have one-to-one support from your lecturer.

Development Programme
A unique programme that develops your study and employability skills throughout the course, helping you to get ahead in your career.

HNC, HND & Foundation Degrees Explained

HNC, HND & Foundation Degrees

Our higher education (HE) courses will allow you to gain a qualification equivalent to the first 2 years of a traditional bachelor's honours degree. 

They offer an alternative and often cost effective way to study at university level. After completing your HE course, you can either choose to top up your qualification to a full honours degree at a partner university or go straight into work with this higher qualification on your CV.

If you’ve been out of education for some time and don’t have any A-levels or their equivalents, you can enrol for our Access to Higher Education diploma courses which gets you back into learning and prepares you for study at university level.

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HNCs and HNDs

HNCs and HNDs are university level courses that are equivalent to the first and second years, respectively, of an honours degree. We offer a range of vocational HNCs and HNDs that, once completed, you can then choose to top up to a full honours degree at certain universities.

Annual course fees for HNDs and HNCs are much lower than for a full degree. For more information, visit our course fees page or contact the Admissions Team on 01243 786321.


Foundation Degrees

Foundation Degrees are a relatively new type of university level qualification. They are innovative because they are work related and have been designed in consultation with employers to equip students with the relevant knowledge and skills for business.  If you're already in work, a foundation degree will give you the skills you need to develop your career further.  If you're moving on from full-time education, a foundation degree (which usually takes two years full-time) could be the perfect kick start to your career.

If you want to know more about foundation degrees visit the Learning at Work Information Service website.


Extended Degrees

Extended degrees are offered by universities, particularly in science related subjects, to enable those who don't have the appropriate qualifications to take a related honours degree, either because you didn't get the required grades in science or because you have been studying humanities and now want to transfer to science.  We work in partnership with universities to offer the first foundation year of their extended degrees. 

Contact the Admissions Team on 01243 786321 for more information.


How to apply

You will need to apply through UCAS for all our university level courses . To find out more about our university level courses and to talk through your individual situation call 01243 786321.

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Getting back into higher education

If you’ve been out of education for some time and didn't take A-levels or their equivalents when you were at school and you now want to go to university, you can enrol for our Access to Higher Education courses which get you back into learning and prepare you for study at university level. 

An Access Diploma is recognised by universities as a good preparation for their degree courses.  It's taught over one year and provides crucial study skills required by universities, such as research, essay writing and presentations.  Over three terms, students cover theory and practical work equivalent to three A levels.

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