• You can study for different types of qualification – National Qualifications, vocational courses, Access courses, modules, HNCs, HNDs. Courses usually have a fairly structured timetables of lectures, practical classes and seminars. The class sizes are normally smaller than university lectures. Courses are likely to be more vocational – geared towards a specific career. You’ll get a qualification at the end of each course you complete – and can progress through them if you like (for example, going from HNC to HND). College
  • You can study for degrees, Masters courses, and in some subjects move on to postgraduate courses. You’ll be expected to study independently – less lectures and classes, but more reading in your own time. You could be in large lectures with hundreds of other students. Depending on what you study, courses are a mix of practical and vocational, and more academic, exploring a particular subject. You’ll probably study for four years before you get a qualification. University
  • Before you pick a course, check what arrangements are in place. Always check Some colleges also offer associate degrees in partnership with universities. The first two years are studied at college and the rest at a partner university. Associate degrees Colleges and unis often have agreements called articulation. This let students go from HNC and HND courses into year two or three of a degree. Articulation
  • College - You’ll get a qualification at the end of each course you complete – and can progress through them if you like (for example, going from HNC to HND).

    College

    You’ll get a qualification at the end of each course you complete – and can progress through them if you like (for example, going from HNC to HND).

    Courses are likely to be more vocational – geared towards a specific career. The class sizes are normally smaller than university lectures.

    Courses usually have a fairly structured timetables of lectures, practical classes and seminars. You can study for different types of qualification – National Qualifications, vocational courses, Access courses, modules, HNCs, HNDs.

  • University - You’ll probably study for four years before you get a qualification.

    University

    You’ll probably study for four years before you get a qualification.

    Depending on what you study, courses are a mix of practical and vocational, and more academic, exploring a particular subject.

    You could be in large lectures with hundreds of other students.

    You’ll be expected to study independently – less lectures and classes, but more reading in your own time.

    You can study for degrees, Masters courses, and in some subjects move on to postgraduate courses.

  • From college to university

    From college to university

    Articulation

    Colleges and unis often have agreements called articulation. This let students go from HNC and HND courses into year two or three of a degree.

    Associate degrees

    Some colleges also offer associate degrees in partnership with universities. The first two years are studied at college and the rest at a partner university.

    Always check

    Before you pick a course, check what arrangements are in place.