Our engineering and business courses are accredited by Pearson Edexcel, the UK’s largest awarding organisation. Our ILM Leadership and Management courses are accredited by The Institute of Leadership and Management.
Yes. We are a fully-approved Edexcel and ILM centre and have been operating since 2014. The qualification you receive is the same one you would receive at a campus-based college/university.
A HNC is the vocational equivalent of the first year of a university degree course, and is a Level 4 qualification. It is worth 120 credits towards an Honours Degree, just like the first year of a university degree is worth 120 credits.
A HND is the vocational equivalent of the second year of a university degree course, and is a Level 5 qualification. It is worth a further 120 credits on top of the HNC credits, so in total it counts as 240 credits towards an Honours Degree (which is worth 360 credits).
You can register immediately as a HND student, without having already achieved a HNC, but you would need to go through all 8 HNC units before starting your HND units. This is known as the Combined HNC/D course.
Yes. Certain achievements of yours can be counted towards credits on our courses. Such decisions are made by our programme teams, within the Edexcel guidelines we must adhere to.
You need to be a minimum of 18 years of age to start a HNC or HND. Some of our best students are past retirement age.
For a HNC you are required to complete 8 units (120 credits). For an engineering HND course you will need to achieve a further 7 units (a further 120 credits). The choice of optional modules is yours. We do not dictate your options to you, we simply provide guidance in regard to the optimal unit blend for your intended career path.
To initially access all of the course learning and assessment resources you will need internet access. We have deliberately produced the online resources so that they may be stored on a pen drive or printed to paper. This allows you to study and learn without an internet connection. To upload your completed assignments you will, of course, require an internet connection.
No. You can learn everything online with the resources on the Moodle virtual learning platform. If you need any extra help you can contact your tutor on their personal email.
No, except for our Bridging Maths course which has a multiple-choice exam. All other courses are based on assignments. You submit your assignments when you have them ready and there are no tight deadlines for submission, so you can work at your own pace.
Yes, we have excellent in-house workbooks, tutorial videos, eBooks, and other learning resources, hosted on Moodle, our virtual learning platform. Certain engineering units will require you to access kit in your workplace. We also provide live online tutorials whenever you request them.
Tutor support is available to learners 8am-7.30pm, 7 days a week. You will be allocated a Personal Tutor, who can be contacted via phone or email, and will be happy to assist with any questions you have on your learning journey.
You can enroll any day of the year, and also start your course any day of the year, so no waiting round for term times to start. Sign up here
Course fees and payment plans may be found on the individual course pages of our website.
Yes, if you request it you are telephoned by your allocated Course Tutor and the discussion involves both the logistics of the course and your optimal blend of modules. You are also emailed comprehensive step-by-step guides to succeeding on your course. Your tutors are readily available to respond to your queries.
An average of 10 hours’ study per week may finish a 120-credit course (such as a HNC) in 10 months or so. The course is completely flexible, allowing you to work around your commitments, and at a pace that suits you. It can be completed in anywhere from a few months to a few years.
Yes, you can have a few months’ study gap if you require. When you return you can simply carry on from the point where you left off.
Many of our graduates move on to more senior roles within their companies. You may also progress to the advanced years of a university degree course.
If you send us an information request, then we will email you an information pack (PDF format).