Types of Qualifications

We offer a number of different options to studying at a Higher Level, the courses we offer are listed below.

Level of qualifications in HE

Higher National Certificate (HNC)

A HNC is a work-related course which takes one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. These qualifications can lead onto a Higher National Diploma. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a HNC is Level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework. WORTH 120 CREDITS

Higher National Diploma (HND)

A HND is a work-related course which takes two years of full-time study or three to four years part-time. Generally, a HND is equivalent to the second year of university. A HND can be converted into an Honours degree with additional study. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a HND is Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework.
WORTH 240 CREDITS

Foundation Degree (FD)

A Foundation Degree is a work-based degree and can be undertaken part-time or full-time in a range of vocational areas. Foundation degrees have a substantial amount of work-based learning and assessment. They offer a guaranteed progression route to a named Honours degree at Staffordshire University and other HE providers. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a Foundation Degree is Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework. WORTH 240 CREDITS

Higher Diploma Further Education and Training

A Higher Diploma in Further Education and Training provides those with a Level 3 qualification the opportunity to develop professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to become teachers, tutors and/or trainers in further education and the broader post-compulsory sector. This award is the nationally-endorsed qualification for the sector and takes two years to complete part-time. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a Higher Diploma is Level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework.  WORTH 150 CREDITS

PGCE - Certificate in Post Compulsory Education and Training

A PGCE provides graduates with the opportunity to develop professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to become teachers, tutors and/or trainers in further education and the broader post-compulsory sector. This award is the nationally-endorsed qualification for the sector and takes two years to complete part-time. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a PGCE is Level 7 on the National Qualifications Framework.  WORTH 150 CREDITS

Certificates and Diplomas

At Shrewsbury College we offer Certificates and Diplomas at a higher level accredited through CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education), City & Guilds, AQA (formerly known as Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) (Counselling), ABE (Association of Business Executives and AAT (The Association of Accounting Technicians) (Accountancy). The Levels range from 4 to 6 on the National Qualifications Framework.

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