Which Course is for Me?
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There is more than one way to study at university level and you may not be aware of the different options available to you.
Choosing the right qualification will help you get the most out of your study, ensure you enjoy it and will lead to success and achievement. Don’t be daunted about the different options as Darlington College can provide help and support for you to make the right decision.
University Level courses in partnership with Teesside University
Darlington College runs a series of University Level qualifications through its Higher Education Business Partnership with Teesside University.
Top Up Degrees
If you have completed a foundation degree with Darlington College you can go on to do another year’s study to ‘top up’ your qualification to a bachelor’s degree. You will benefit from continued low tuition fees and staying with a college that you are familiar with and trust.
Foundation degrees are vocational qualifications that provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills equivalent to the first two years of a full time, three year degree course. Foundation degrees are developed in collaboration with employers to ensure they provide the skills required in industry. They can open up new job opportunities or promotions, or prepare you for developing your professional skills in the future. Thanks to our partnership with Teesside University, you are ensured smooth progression from our foundation degrees onto the final year of an honours degree at Teesside University.
Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Diplomas (HND)
HNCs and HNDs are vocationally orientated qualifications and develop your skills to a similar level of the first two years of a degree course. These skills are particularly relevant to the workplace, and therefore highly valued by employers.
Access to Higher Education Courses
If you do not have the required entry qualifications for a degree course, you may be able to study an access course which will enable you to progress onto a degree after successful completion. Access courses are open to everyone over the age of 19, regardless of previous qualifications. If you didn’t get the qualifications when you were in full time education or it is a long time since you have studied, then an access course is the ideal route to getting you on the right track into higher education.
Pathways through the access course include Humanities and Social Science, Mathematics and Science, Teacher Training, Nursing and routes allied to Medicine. Access courses can be studied full or part time and usually last one year.
You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to fund your Access course. Plus if you go on to study at higher education level and complete your degree then your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off.
Access courses are very popular and our applications are high so apply for the access course as early as possible by completing a Darlington College application form. You will be invited to attend an interview and assessment prior to being offered a place on the course.
For more details on the part time Access course visit the Course search section.
Darlington College University Level courses
Darlington College offers a great range of Management and Professional University Level qualifications which focus on the needs of a specific profession such as Accountancy, Marketing, Human Resources, Management, Business, Purchasing and Supply and are related to professional bodies. Generally these qualifications are needed to ensure career progression and standing within the relevant profession. Students can maximise their potential on such courses by becoming a member of the relevant body.
Assessment comes in many forms and depends on the subject being followed – some are more exam-focused, others are more coursework-focused. These qualifications range from level 4 to level 7.
Have a look at the University Level qualifications available in the course search section.
If you have any questions or thoughts don't hesitate to let us know!