Heading off to university to study a foundation or bachelors degree is still an incredibly popular choice after finishing college or sixth form. Alternatively, you can continue your studies at degree-level by opting to attend a Higher Education College and study an equivalent qualification such as a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND). 

Getting your degree via a university experience provides a rich and immersive environment and the chance to delve deep into your chosen field of study. You’ll engage in thought-provoking lectures, collaborative projects and a vibrant campus life. University not only opens doors to diverse career opportunities, but also fosters personal growth, independence and a lifelong love for learning.

Other degree-level qualifications, like HNCs and HNDs on the other hand, combine rigorous academic study with practical, industry-specific skills providing a direct route into specialised qualifications. HE colleges offer a focused and supportive learning environment, often with strong connections to employers, ensuring your education is tailored to the demands of the workplace.

If you’re not sure on the right route for you, or would like more advice on heading off to University, browse our articles below on higher education and your options at 18+.
Greater Manchester Higher  

Greater Manchester Higher  

Greater Manchester Higher is a collaboration of higher education (HE) colleges and universities. We offer impartial information, advice and guidance about higher education. The partnership is part of the Uni Connect programme, delivering a nationally coordinated approach to working with schools, universities and colleges to help people access higher education. We aim to improve the…

What comes next at 18+

What comes next at 18+

Whether you’re coming to the end of college, sixth form, an apprenticeship or other training course, there’s plenty of options for what comes next at 18. For some, you might be looking to continue your studies and gain further qualifications (either because you need them for your dream job or because you’re not ready to…

What are UCAS Points? Your Pathway to University Admissions

What are UCAS Points? Your Pathway to University Admissions

In the journey toward higher education, understanding the UCAS points tariff system is crucial. Whether you’re considering A-Levels, T-Levels, BTECs, or NVQs, these points play a pivotal role in determining your eligibility for university admissions. This article will delve into what UCAS points are, how they’re calculated, why they matter, and how you can check…

Definitive Guide To Writing a University Personal Statement

Definitive Guide To Writing a University Personal Statement

Are you ready to embark on a journey toward higher education? One crucial aspect of your application process is your university personal statement. This definitive guide will walk you through crafting an impactful university personal statement showcasing your uniqueness, passion, and potential to thrive in the academic world. What is a personal statement? A university…

4 Ways To Improve Your Employment Prospects As A Graduate

4 Ways To Improve Your Employment Prospects As A Graduate

Employability has changed since the pandemic meaning employers have had to find new, innovative ways for students and graduates to carry out work experience. An ever-increasing number of employers now run virtual work experience schemes, enabling students and graduates to gain essential experience from home. While nothing replaces real, on-the-job experience there are still a…

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