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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)
  • Foundation Degree (FdA/FdSc)

Why choose a HNC/HND or foundation degree?

Our HNC/HNDs and foundation degree 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 or foundation degree 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. 

Please note - applications for our Foundation Degrees are made via UCAS. Our Centre Code is H39.

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

What’s a foundation degree?

A foundation degree is similar to a HND, but on completion you will be awarded an FdA (Foundation Degree in Arts) or FdSc (Foundation Degree in Science) depending on the subject you study. A foundation degree usually takes two years to complete, full-time.

Find out more about our foundation degrees

Which university do we work with?

Our foundation degrees are validated by the University of Portsmouth (subject to validation).



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