Higher Education

Make the leap to higher-level study.

At HSDC we pride ourselves on offering a cost‐effective alternative to university. Taught by expert lecturers, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your chosen career. We offer a range of Higher Education (HE) courses at our South Downs Campus, including HNC/HND and foundation degrees.

Our specialist teaching staff all have experience in their fields and embed years of knowledge into all of their teaching. The small class sizes mean you get far more one-to-one support than at a university. We also offer a wide range of facilities and resources which will equip you to gain your qualification.

HE is not just about moving away from home and going to university, you can also study here at your local College. Once you’ve completed your qualification at HSDC you’ll have the opportunity to top-up your qualification to a full degree thanks to our links with a range of universities. University level education is changing and more people are choosing to study for a university degree at their local College.

Staying at home removes the hassle and expense of moving away to study. Not having the burden of completely changing your surroundings and lifestyle also means you can focus on working towards your dream career or studying alongside your current role.

Our HE experience gives you the best of both worlds – with our university affiliated courses you’ll have access to university facilities as well as those at HSDC. All our students are also given support with finance, healthy living and well-being, to make their time with us an enjoyable one.

We look forward to welcoming you to Higher Education at HSDC in September and would like to reassure you that we have everything ready and in place.

HSDC is expecting to teach its Higher Education students face to face in September in line with the Government’s social distancing guidance. With our smaller class sizes and flexible spaces, this will allow, where possible, classes to be held in person at the College.

In the event that the Government guidance changes or class sizes require further social distancing, HSDC has the ability to adjust the timetables and teach fully online or through a blended model. This would involve implementing a mixture of in-person and online teaching and learning using a variety of flipped learning methods, making use of effective learning technologies. If necessary, lectures will be online and seminars conducted in smaller groups. If a further lockdown is necessary, lectures will be pre-recorded using Screencastify and seminars delivered live online using Google Meet. Tutorial and 1:1 support would also be offered using video conferencing software.

Consideration will be given to subjects that need access to specialist facilities or hardware/software as part of the course. Courses will therefore be designed so that students can complete units remotely online and in college. When on campus, all health and safety guidelines will be followed regarding the use of equipment and spaces.

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 honours 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 HNDs and HNCs are lower than for a full degree.

Foundation Degrees
A Foundation Degree is the equivalent of 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 wish 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 as you would get if you were attending a traditional university. On completion of the course, you can then progress on to employment or a masters level qualification with one of our university partners.

UAL Professional Qualifications
HSDC are excited to announce that all Creative Arts courses will be accredited by the University of the Arts London (UAL) Awarding Body.

UAL is the leading provider for the creative and performing arts courses and a specialist for the creative industry. Our UAL courses are free to anyone under 19 years old.

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

International Partnership
HND Business has partnered with FLORIDA UNIVERSITARIA, Valencia, to give you the opportunity to be taught enterprise by 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 HE 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.

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. For example, the Foundation Degree in Business Management takes three years to complete. You are required to attend one evening a week for taught sessions. The cost is £2,300 per year. That’s a total cost of £6,900 to complete the equivalent of the first two years at traditional university Full Time (costing £18,000) meaning a saving of £11,100.

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 diplomas 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 HE courses. Terms and conditions will be stated on your application.

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 HE courses you need to apply via UCAS, applications open in May for the following year start date.

Part Time:
If you are applying for a Part Time HE 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 HE courses, affiliated with University of Portsmouth – you will need to apply directly with them via their website port.ac.uk.

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 customerservices@hsdc.ac.uk.

Course Start Dates:
Our HE courses start in September.

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