Higher Education Explained

Higher Education (HE) is one of the options available to you on completion of a Level 3 course to take your education to the next level, furthering your studies, confidence and both social and practical skills that employers are looking for.

If you are a mature student and don't have a Level 3 qualification, but have gained a wealth of industry experience, you can still apply and put this knowledge and experience to good use to gain a formal qualification.

With so many courses to choose from, finding the perfect qualification for your career goals and aspirations can be a challenge, which is why we've explained the range of courses available below and what this means for you.

Access to Higher Education

TyneMet's Access to HE (Level 3) courses provide the opportunity to return to study, usually in preparation for a university degree programme, for those who wish to return to education or are looking to take their career in a different direction. This is a great opportunity to increase your UCAS points and improve your chances of securing a place at university. This course also helps develop social and communication skills, addressing gaps in key skills and improving employability.

Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNCs and HNDs)

HNCs (Level 4) and HNDs (Level 5) are vocational courses which are very career-focused. This provides students with a platform to get into the world of work with relevant skills and recognised qualifications. HNCs and HNDs also give you the opportunity to transfer to a degree course in your chosen field. These qualifications can enable entry to the second or final year of a degree programme, enabling you to ‘top-up' to an Honours Degree.

Foundation Degrees

TyneMet's Foundation Degrees are designed with employers needs in mind, which means that you gain the skills and knowledge needed in the workplace. Delivery methods are flexible and this qualification is broadly equivalent to the first two years (Levels 4 and 5) of an Honours degree. Successful completion gets you straight onto the third year of an Honours Degree as well as being a great way to improve your career prospects and enhances your knowledge and specialist skills.