All our courses are career focused and have been designed in partnership with industry and professional bodies to give you the skills you need for work and further study.

Highbury lecturers have extensive industry experience and maintain close links with employers to ensure courses are relevant and up to date.

At Highbury you learn by doing. Activities include live projects commissioned by employers, group work to build your team skills, work shadowing, industry visits and frequent guest lectures.

Outstanding inspection reports

A main finding of our 2011 Ofsted Inspection was that 'students have very high standards of work and develop very good practical and work-related skills'.

We had excellent outcomes in the Quality Assurance Agency's Integrated Quality and Enhancement Review (IQER) of our HE provision. The review team judged that it had 'confidence' in the quality of our academic standards and the learning opportunities we offer and noted that we had maintained 'the vocational relevance and currency of the curriculum'.

Substantial work placements

Our full-time courses include substantial work placements so you can gain relevant work experience. Highbury's Foundation Degrees in Hospitality Management and Travel & Tourism Management, for instance, include a 22-week work placement, which can be anywhere in the world.

Students on our Foundation Degree in Computer Networking recently developed their technical and customer service skills by installing a computer network at a nearby country park.

Our strong links with employers also provide you with opportunities for employment and it’s not unusual for students to be offered full-time work as a result of their work placements.

Most programmes, full-time and part-time, include an assessed personal and professional development unit to give you the skills, knowledge, and professionalism that are valued in the modern workplace.

We also provide volunteering activities through our Leadership Academy to widen your career options and promote enterprise and entrepreneurship.

High academic standards

Our emphasis on practical learning is complemented by high academic standards. The combination of academic and vocational skills you acquire at Highbury will enable you to make an immediate contribution in employment.

You can be assured that you’ll leave your programme with the up-to-date skills and knowledge that industry and the professions look for in their employees. In addition, you will have the academic credits that can form part of your future lifelong learning.

Close employer engagement

The College has recognised links with industry for specific training needs, including:

  • UniBond Centre of Excellence
  • Cisco Systems Networking Academy
  • Microsoft IT Academy
  • National Skills Academy for Retail
  • National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies
  • Associated Company for CompTIA
  • IMI Automotive Technician Approved Centre
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • National Council for the Training of Journalists

For further information call 02392 383 131 or email