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.
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 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 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.
All About UCAS
Below you can find links to various HE policies and information.
View HE Academic Appeals Procedure
View HE Access Agreement
View HE Assessment Policy
View HE Complaints Procedure
View HE Course Handbook Policy
View HE Recruitment and Admission Policy
View HE Student Loan Registration and Withdrawal Process
View HE Student Terms & Conditions
View HE Widening Participation and Outreach Policy
View HE Work Readiness Policy
View our HE Access Agreement
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Worried about the fees?
- Student loans are much cheaper than many people think
- Maintenance grants are available, which don't have to be paid back
- The HE route can lead directly into work or a top-up to an Honours Degree
- Typical university costs per year are £9,125...
- ...HE courses at Chichester College cost from as little as £5,750 for full time and £2,500 for part time
- Higher education at Chichester College means high quality learning and great value for money
Need financial help?
Returning to education may not be as difficult as you think. You may be eligible to receive financial support to provide help with tuition fees, childcare and travel costs.
Student Finance for Higher Education (18+)
If you're planning on studying a university level course with us, there may be funding available to help you with course fees and living costs. Funding is administered by the government through Student Finance England. To apply, you will need to register online.
The Chichester College Learning Support Grant for 19+
The Chichester College Learning Support Grant is the name we have given to our discretionary learner support scheme and is administered by the college.
This grant can provide you with:
- Help with travel costs
- Help with equipment, books or resources costs.
- Contribution towards childcare costs.
- Help to pay UCAS admin fees.
- contribution towards enrichment activities linked to your course.
How do I apply for the Chichester College Learning Support Grant?
You can apply online for the Chichester College Learning Support Grant. We have tried to make applying as simple as possible, but it will involve filling in online forms, providing evidence and telling us about your financial situation. We will then make an assessment based on your personal circumstances.
The Chichester College Learning Support Grant may still be available to successful applicants of the 19+ Advanced Learning Loan (see below) if the total household income is below £32,000.
Advanced Learner Loan
You can apply for a loan to help cover the costs of full or part-time courses for adults (aged 19 and over) covering an extensive range of subjects, all leading to a recognised level 3 to level 6 qualification. Call 01243 786321 for an informal chat with our admissions team to discuss all the options.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible to receive a Advanced Learner Loan if you are:
- Aged 19 or over
- Studying a recognised further education level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualification
- A resident in the UK
When can I apply?
You can start applying for your loan from the 1st of June of the year of your enrolment. For more information visit the Gov.UK website.
Professional and Career Development Loans
A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information visit the Gov.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Stagecoach is offering a 7 day student Megarider gold ticket to allow unlimited bus travel on their bus services within West Sussex including routes to Brighton, Hampshire and Surrey. For more information or to buy your ticket online visit Stagecoach.
If your journey to Chichester or Brinsbury campus begins at Billingshurst, Shoreham-by-sea or Chichester, or any of the stations inbetween, you can purchase a 7 day Unizone ticket. A Unizone ticket entitles you to 7 days unlimted travel (within the destinations described above).
To purchase the Unizone ticket you will need both a 16-25 Railcard and a student card. Your student card will be given to you when you enrol. You will need to apply online at www.16-25railcard.co.uk for your 16-25 railcard.
If you are over the age of 25 you can also apply for the 16-25 railcard. You will need to upload and complete the Mature Student Declaration available on the 16-25 railcard website.
If your journey to Chichester or Brinsbury campus begins at Horley or Ockley, or any of the stations inbetween, you will be entitled to a 34% discount. Tickets are purchased from Southern Railway's website www.southernrailway.com.
This will be subject to the following conditions:
- You must be a full time student
- You must have obtained a free 'Sussex Student Card' (visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/schooltransport )
- You must purchase your ticket for a minimum of one month
Your discount will only be valid for stations that are not covered by the Worthing and Billingshurst Unizone.
We have a nursery called First Steps at both the Chichester and Brinsbury campuses, which offer great quality childcare to students.
If you are aged 19 or under and have children, you can apply for help with childcare costs from the Care to Learn scheme. If you are aged over 20, you can apply for help through the Chichester College Learning Support Grant for 19+.
We offer bursaries to full-time students taking landbased courses at our Brinsbury campus who live beyond a normal, daily traveling distance. The bursary is for accommodation costs or for travel costs, if the student wishes to stay at home. The bursary can be up to £94 a week for students living away from home. The bursary is means tested, so the amount you receive will depend on your family's income. Applications for bursaries are made direct to the college, please speak to the Student Finance team for more information.
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.
Chichester College has been awarded a Silver rating in an important review of teaching and learning across the UK’s higher education sector.
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), introduced by Government, monitors and assesses the quality of teaching at colleges and universities.
Chichester College is one of 116 higher education (HE) providers to be awarded a Silver rating, which is given for delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for students.
The findings stated that the college’s submission indicated that ‘all students achieve excellent outcomes in relation to progression and retention’ and that the metrics showed ‘high levels of student satisfaction in teaching, academic support, and assessment and feedback’.
Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chichester College Principal, said: “To receive a Silver rating in the first TEF review is a great result for us.
“It is a direct reflection of the efforts and dedication of our staff, who regularly go above and beyond their duty to ensure our students receive an outstanding education.
“It is the first review of its kind and will give students clear information about the quality of teaching available at colleges and universities.
“We cover a huge range of HE courses, from performing arts to animal management, business to engineering – and many more subjects. This versatility, coupled with our Silver rating, will give future students more reasons to consider choosing Chichester College.”
The TEF awards were decided by an independent panel of experts, including academics, students and employer representatives.
They draw on national data and evidence submitted by each university or college to measure excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.
The results and the underlying evidence will help students thinking about which university or college to apply to for autumn 2018, and encourage teaching and learning excellence across the UK.
Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said: “Students invest significant amounts of time and money in their higher education. They rightly expect a high-quality learning experience and outcomes that reflect their potential.
“The UK already has a high bar for quality and standards, which all universities and colleges must meet. But the TEF judges excellence above and beyond this, clearly showing the highest levels across the sector.
“The TEF measures the things that students themselves say they care about: high-quality, engaged teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential, and then to progress to a good job or further study.”
To find out more about higher education at Chichester College, visit www.chichester.ac.uk/higher-education