The term “Higher Education” is used to describe courses of study that fall within the Governments “Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland” (FHEQ).
The majority of Higher Education courses at the College fall under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) intermediate category which we refer to as University Level Qualifications.
|Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)|
|Level 4||Higher National Certificates (HNC), Foundation Studies (FS) and Diplomas.|
|These qualifications are work-related (vocational) higher education qualifications. While bachelors degrees tend to focus on gaining knowledge, HNCs are designed to give you the skills to put that knowledge to effective use in a particular job.|
|Level 5||Higher National Diplomas (HND), Foundation Degrees (FD) and Diplomas of Higher Education (DipHE).|
|These qualifications are designed to equip you for a particular area of work – as well as giving you the general skills that are useful in any type of job. They’re university-level qualifications, but are designed with work in mind, with the help of employers from that sector.|
|Level 6||Bachelor Degrees (BA, BSc), Bachelor Degrees with Honours (BA Hons), Professional Graduate Certificates in Education (PGCE)|
|These qualifications designed to give you a thorough understanding of a subject. They help you develop your analytical,intellectual and essay or dissertation writing skills. You’ll also have much more of a say about the direction your learning takes than you’ve had previously.|
|Level 7||Masters Degrees (MA, MSc), Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)|
|These qualifications are of academic study. They can be research based, a taught course, or a mixture of both, and will take at least 12 months of full-time study to complete. You may also have to submit a dissertation at the end of your course.|
|Level 8||Doctoral Degrees|
|This level gives you the opportunity to undertake an original piece of research. It will usually take at least three years of full-time study to complete. Many doctorate courses lead to a qualification such as a Doctor of Philosophy – a PhD or Dphil.|