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Why study higher education at a college?

You don’t need to head off to university to get a degree! There are a lot of reasons why studying a university level qualification at a local college could be even better.

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Smaller class sizes

At college you learn in smaller groups than at a university, making the learning environment more personable, productive and engaging.
Close to home

If you want to stay local and live at home to reduce your living and travel costs, there will be a local college right on your doorstep offering university level courses.
Same outcome

Whether you study at an FE college or at a university, you still graduate with a higher education qualification. A college can also offer lots of part-time opportunities or shorter qualifications, such as a foundation degree or HND which can be topped up to a degree at a later date.
Flexible study options

Our wide range of part-time, full-time and distance learning study options allow flexible learning and studying in stages. You can even study while working.
Diverse student community

Colleges attract students from all ages and all backgrounds so has a much wider student population than a university.
Links with local employers

Colleges work closely with local employers to enhance your learning with industry-linked projects and to ensure your qualification meets employer demands.
Value for money

Colleges usually charge lower fees than universities making higher education more affordable and better value for money.

If you studied a further education course at a college, progressing to a university level course in the same familiar environment is an easier transition than heading to university, and allows continuity.
Supportive environment

Colleges can offer more individual support, particularly if you are from a non-academic background, so you can overcome any barriers and achieve your full potential.
Reflect on local economy

University level qualifications at a college can be tailored to the demands of the local economy, giving you work specific skills for the local jobs market.