Higher Education

Make the leap to higher-level study.

We are proud to offer one of the largest Higher Education provisions within a Further Education setting locally. From 2021, we are excited to be extending our Higher Education offering to our Alton campus. Studying at a higher level (up to degree level) at college is a great way to further your studies whether you are returning to study, continuing after college or studying alongside work – and is extremely cost-effective!

Our courses have much smaller class sizes than traditional university courses, this means that the support you receive is exceptional, with detailed and timely feedback allowing you to improve and excel.

It is important to us that you develop and progress in your chosen industry, that is why our courses are designed with technical skills and employability at the heart of them. All our Higher Education courses have great links with employers to enable you to apply what you have learnt in the classroom to the real-world.

What’s more, after completing a Foundation Degree or an HND, you can then progress to university to complete the final year of your study. In fact, in some areas, you can complete your full degree at HSDC! Our free (to under 19 years old) UAL courses also qualify as the first year of a creative degree with certain partner universities.


HNC & HND qualifications (Level 4 & 5)
Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) courses are equivalent to the first (HNC) and second (HND) year of a university Bachelor’s degree. Each are qualifications in their own right and having a Higher Education qualification can significantly improve your career opportunities.

Once you have completed your course you’ll also have the opportunity to top-up your qualification to a full degree thanks to our links with a range of universities.

Annual course fees for HNCs and HNDs are less than a full degree.

Foundation Degrees
A Foundation Degree is the equivalent to the first two years of a Bachelor’s Degree. Designed in consultation with employers, they focus on developing the skills sought after in a working environment. Because of this, they are ideal for those who are seeking progression into employment or are wishing to further their current career. Equally, upon completion, you also have the opportunity to top-up your qualification to an undergraduate degree.

BA (Hons)
With two of our courses you can gain the full recognised degree, a BA (Hons). This is exactly the same qualification you would get if you were attending a traditional university. On completion of the course, you can then progress on to employment or a Master’s level qualification with one of our university partners.

UAL Professional Qualifications
All of our Creative Arts courses are accredited by the University of the Arts London (UAL) Awarding Body. UAL is the leading provider for creative and performing arts courses and a specialist for the creative industry.

These courses are free to students under 19 years old.

We offer HE qualifications at HSDC in a wide range of subject areas including:

To view our full range of Higher Education courses please use our online course finder.

At HSDC we have a number of partnerships with educational institutions to provide you with the best Higher Education experience and further your employability.

International Partnership
Our HND Business course at our South Downs Campus has partnered with Florida Universitaria, Valencia, to give you the opportunity to be taught enterprise by our lecturers, via Skype, from the university and also to visit Valencia to complete work placements in areas such as marketing and HR.

Affiliated Universities
A number of our Higher Education courses are affiliated through local university partners. These include our Business, Early Years and Health & Social Care courses. These partnerships give you the best of both worlds – with our university affiliated courses you’ll have access to university facilities as well as those at HSDC.

UAL, Professional Diplomas
We have developed links with a variety of top creative universities where our students can go on to study for a further two years to achieve a full arts based degree after completing their UAL diploma at HSDC.

Progression Opportunities
All of our courses enable progression onto a Level 6 (Top-Up) course at local and national universities (for example, UCA, Solent and Bournemouth).

HSDC vs. Traditional University
All of our courses cost substantially less than studying at a traditional university – be that part time, full time or day release.

UAL Courses
Our UAL courses are free to learners under 19 years old. You can view these courses in our course finder.

Student Finance England
All of our Higher Education courses qualify for student loans, which means you don’t start to pay for them until the course has finished and you are earning over the suggested threshold. You can apply for tuition fees via Student Finance England (SFE).

Level 4 creative diploma students can apply for finance through the Advanced Learner Loans – visit the Financial Support section of our website for further information.

You are also eligible to apply for maintenance loans and grants through SFE.

Alternatively you can pay upfront or set up instalment payments via our internal student finance team. Student finance is available for all of our Higher Education courses. Terms and conditions will be stated on your application.

Entry Requirements
We offer different entry requirements – real world experience counts so you may not need the qualifications you would need for the same course at university. Please look at the course for individual entry requirements.

It’s easy to apply for any of our courses. You can contact us in a variety of ways.

Full Time
If you are applying for one of our full time Higher Education courses you need to apply via UCAS, applications are open now.

Part Time
If you are applying for a Part Time Higher Education course you will need to apply by filling out our part time application form which can be found on our website here.

University of Portsmouth Affiliated Courses
If you are looking at studying one of our business Higher Education courses, affiliated with the University of Portsmouth – you will need to apply directly with them via their website port.ac.uk.

UAL Courses

Current Students – Please contact your tutor or lecturer who will provide you with the relevant course application form and further information.

External Applicants – Please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button on the course page. You can save your application and come back to it later – please remember to make a note of your login details as you’ll need this to access your saved application.

We Are Here To Help You
If you need any help with your application or you want further information on the student finance options available to you please get in touch with us on 023 9387 9999 or email adultlearning@hsdc.ac.uk.

Course Start Dates
Our Higher Education courses start in September 2021.

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