University Level Courses

HNCs, HNDs, FdAs and Degrees

Boston College offers a wide range of University Level courses, in 16 different course areas, so whatever your interests there will be a course to take your learning to the next stage.

Listed below are all of the University Level course options available at Boston College, to help you find the right course for you!

HNCs and HNDs

Boston College's HNCs and HNDs are designed to prepare you for a specific career and generally take less time to complete than a Degree.

A Higher National Certificate (HNC) is the equivalent to the first year of university (Level 4), and takes one year to complete. Some courses do provide the option of studying part time over two years. An HNC is one level below an HND.

Once you have completed your HNC, you can either go straight into employment or you can convert your qualification into a Higher National Diploma (HND). An HND is the next qualification level above (Level 5), and will take an additional year of study to complete. The course is equivalent to the second year at university.

The HNCs and HNDs provide the opportunity to 'top-up' your qualification at university to a full Bachelor's Degree or enter full time employment at a higher level.


  • Art and Design HNC and HND
  • Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles Pathway) HNC and HND
  • Art and Design (Graphic Design Pathway) HNC and HND
  • Art and Design (Photography Pathway) HNC and HND
  • Business HNC and HND (Part Time HNC and HND options available)*
  • Computing HNC and HND
  • Creative Media Production (Film) HNC and HND
  • Engineering HNC and HND
  • Health Care Practice HNC and HND*
  • International Tourism Management HNC and HND*
  • Music HNC and HND
  • Public Services HNC and HND*
  • Performing Arts HNC and HND
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences HNC and HND

*Available to study at Spalding Campus only

Foundation Degrees

Boston College offers three Foundation Degrees within the Teaching Education and Early Years course areas. The Foundation Degrees usually take two years to complete and are the equivalent to the first two years of a Bachelor's Degree.

Upon completion of your Foundation Degree you will have the opportunity to 'top-up' your degree with a further year of study at Boston College or at university.

The below Foundation Degrees available at Boston College are all awarded by Bishop Grosseteste University.

BA (Hons) Top Up

Boston College now offer the Business BA (Hons) Top Up and the Education Studies BA (Hons) Top Up. Providing you the opportunity to study from Level 4 (HNC) to Level 6 (Bachelor's Degree) without moving away to university.

Awarded by Bishop Grosseteste University, the Business BA (Hons) Top Up will take you one year to complete, studying at Boston College for as little as 12 hours a week. You will develop on your existing knowledge and understanding of business.

The Education Studies BA (Hons) Top Up is awarded by University of Derby and will take you one year to complete, studying at Boston College for one day a week. The course will provide an excellent progression route for those who have completed the Foundation Degree in Learning Support/Education or Early Childhood and wish to further their studies. 

Need Some More Advice?

If you are unsure about which course is right for you or which path to take, Boston College Careers team are here to help. The Career Advisers offer FREE Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and are available before you start to college, whilst you are studying at college and when you are ready to take the next step.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of the College's Careers Advisers, they are available by appointment at both the Boston and Spalding campuses, by either calling the College's Information Line on 01205 313218 or by email.


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