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ABOUT HIGHER EDUCATION

If you’ve finished a level 3 course or have a wealth of industry experience, you can take your education, knowledge and confidence to the next level. As the only college in the borough offering HE, with campuses north and south of the river, you can study a higher national certificate/diploma (HNC/HND), foundation degree or Access to Higher Education (HE) with TyneMet. We’ll give you award-winning teaching and training to expand your skills, work-related learning in small classes, and excellent support like fitting learning around your lifestyle. 

To help you stand out from the crowd, we collaborate with businesses to give you industry placement opportunities. The renowned University of Sunderland awards our foundation degrees and teaching qualifications, and gives you the option to top up your qualification to a full Honours degree.

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THE OFFICE FOR STUDENTS (OfS)

The Office for Students (OfS) is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to make sure every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of Higher Education that enriches their lives and careers.

THE QUALITY ASSURANCE AGENCY (QAA)

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is the independent body that monitors and advises standards and quality in UK Higher Education. It’s dedicated to checking that the three million students working towards a UK qualification get the higher Education experiences they’re entitled to expect.

Find out more about the QAA

Higher Education FAQs

Do I not have to go to university to study Higher Education?

Absolutely not!

You can study Higher Education right here on your doorstep with the highest Ofsted rated college in Tyneside. With campuses north and south of the river, we pride ourselves in delivering high-quality Higher Education programmes designed to help you achieve your career aspirations.

We are the real alternative to university.

Why should I study HE at College, what is different?

We offer students a personal touch to learning.

Throughout your time with us, you will benefit from 1:1 support and guidance, flexible learning, smaller classes, industry standard facilities, fantastic industry links, knowledgeable lecturers and a culture you will achieve and excel in.

Can I study HE part-time?

Yes.

We offer flexible, condensed learning to our Higher Education students. We know how tricky juggling life and work commitments are, so we will work with you to make sure it’s right for you.

Are College fees for Higher Education lower than University fees?

Our HE programmes are great value for money for our students, and we offer help with fees and funding so nothing can hold you back from achieving your dreams.

What subjects can I study and at what levels?

We offer HNCs, HNDs, and Foundation Degrees – which will set you up for a career in your chosen industry, or you can continue to University for your final top-up year.

We offer Higher Education programmes in the following areas:

  • Art and Design
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Computing
  • Counselling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Years
  • Education and Training
  • Engineering
  • Hairdressing
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Management
  • Media Production
  • Games Development
  • Music
  • Sport
What financial support does the College offer if I am looking to study Higher Education, and how do I apply?

There are a number of loans, grants and bursaries available to our HE students.

Please head to https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/overview to find out more information.

Is the learning environment at College different to University?

We offer students a friendly, supportive and multi-cultural environment that you’ll thrive in.

With industry-standard facilities, well-being spaces, coffee shops, a restaurant and a hair and beauty salon, you’ll be able to experience a lively campus.

What grades do I need to study Higher Education at College?

This will all depend on the programme and level you are looking to start.

The best way to find out what grades you need, is to pop to one of our Advice and Enrolment events. Please check our events section of the website for dates and times.

What if I don’t have the required grades?

Don’t worry, we’ll work with you to find you the right programme that will get you on track to achieve your career aspirations.

We have a lot of support available, from tutorial sessions, Maths and English courses, and in-classroom support.

What happens if I’ve missed the UCAS deadline?

This doesn’t mean you have missed your chance to studying HE.

You can apply for your desired programme directly with us. We will then process your application and get you enrolled on to your programme.

What is Clearing?

Clearing identifies which HE programmes are still available for you to apply for.

From July 5 to October 19, you can apply for a course using Clearing if you’re not already holding an offer from a University or College, and the course still has places.

What is the application process?

Once you apply for a HE programme, you will be contacted by a member of the curriculum team for an interview for the course.

This is nothing to worry about, the interview is so we can assess your skills and identify any additional learning support you may need throughout your studies. Once you have completed your interview, you will be able to apply for any funding you require. Once this has been finalised, you can complete your enrolment ready to start your programme.

What other support is available?

Supporting all of our students is at the forefront of everything we do.

We want all of our students to flourish and excel, whilst also helping you develop confidence, self-motivation, and achieve your career aspirations.

Our support comes in many forms, including (but not limited to):

  • Mental health and well-being counselling service
  • Careers Guidance and HE advice
  • Student Services and financial support
  • Tutorial Coaches
  • Additional Learning Support:
    • Special exam arrangements
    • Help with personal care needs
    • Support assistants
    • Communication support workers
    • Dyslexia support
    • Maths and English support
What are the progression opportunities?

Depending on what level programme you start with, you can progress from Level 4 up to a Foundation Degree.

Our strong links with employers means we can help you look for a career in the industry of your choice. If you would prefer to top-up your qualification, you can also do this via a University. We can help you with any job or University applications, offering you advice and guidance throughout the process.

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Our team is always ready to help. So if you have questions on courses, your career, or anything else, complete this contact form and we’ll be in touch.