University Level Courses

Education is Empowering

Education is life changing and we want you to have the opportunity to reach your full potential and progress your career! Gaining higher qualifications is an amazing achievement, it is empowering, and it will stay with you throughout your life. 

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Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications, such as Foundation Degrees (FdAs), Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs). They are an option for school leavers starting their career and for adults looking to upskill or retrain.

HTQs have been approved against employer developed standards, also known as occupational standards. This ensures that students gain the skills that employers want, and employers can be confident that learners have the knowledge, skills and behaviours for a particular specialist role.

HTQ last between 1 and 2 years full-time, and are available across the digital, health and science, and construction sectors

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.

A Level 5 HND is a two year course. During your first year, you will study a Level 4 HNC. This can be a standalone qualification. Upon successful completion of the first year, you will then progress on to the second year to study the Level 5 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.

Foundation Degrees

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 University of Derby.

BA/BSc (Hons) and Top Ups

Boston College offer a full BA (Hons) as well as Top Ups in BA/BSc (Hons). Providing you the opportunity to study from Level 4 (HNC) to Level 6 (Bachelor's Degree) without moving away to university.

Certificate in Education and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Boston College now offer the Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) Post 14 Further Education and Skills Level 5 and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Post 14 Further Education and Skills Level 7 course. These courses are designed to develop outstanding teachers for the UK Further Education and Skills sector, as well as for Post-14 education in other domestic and international settings.

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 impartial 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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