Highbury College offers career-focused, high quality qualifications which help you achieve your ambitions.

Each year, hundreds of students study one of the following higher-level qualifications at our University Centre:

  • Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)

Why choose a HNC/HND or foundation degree?

Our HNC/HND programmes are designed in association with employers and equip you with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to achieve academic results as well as improve performance and productivity in the work place.

Our higher education options are affordable, so if you are worried about student debt they provide an excellent alternative to university. Fees start from £2,055 per year compared to the UK average university fee of £9,000 per year. The cost of your HNC/HND can be covered by a student loan in the same way as a regular degree.  

At Highbury you also benefit from smaller class sizes and more one-to-one support from your tutor. 

What’s a Higher National Certificate (HNC)?

A HNC is equivalent to the first year of a degree. You can study part-time whilst you work either in the evenings or on day-release from your employer. Or you can study as part of an Advanced Apprenticeship.

What’s a Higher National Diploma (HND)?

Once you’ve done a HNC, you could progress on to a HND which is equivalent to the second year of a degree. On completion of a HND you could go on to do another year at university to get a full honours degree.

Find out about our HNCs and HNDs



Highbury College Student Protection Plan 

This policy sets out Highbury College’s procedures for protecting students in the unlikely event the College has to close, suspend or change any of its Higher Education Programmes… (PDF)

Highbury College Access and Participation Statement

Highbury College is committed to meeting local and regional needs to widen participation in Higher Education (HE) by under-represented groups. We acknowledge that increasing access to HE is particularly important given that the percentage of the population… (PDF)

Highbury College Portsmouth HER 

This is a report of a Higher Education Review conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) at Highbury College Portsmouth. The review took place from 29 September to 1 October 2014 and was conducted by a team of three reviewers, as… (PDF)

Highbury College Transfer Procedure

Highbury College is proud to have an Admissions service which delivers highly effective advice and guidance to ensure students enrol onto courses that match their career aspirations… (PDF)

Highbury College HER Action Plan 

Enhancing good practice identified in the HER… (PDF)

Office for Students Transparency Return

This Transparency Return provides insights into our application and admissions processes…