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Higher Education

Stay local and benefit from our expert tutors and outstanding facilities. We offer a range of higher education courses and professional qualifications designed to help you progress to your chosen career.

Looking to study Higher Education, but not sure how to get there? You have several studying options to gain entry to one of our Higher Education courses. For adult learners, you may opt to study one of our full or part-time courses and gain a level 3 qualification. Alternatively, if you know what route you wish to go down you may wish to undertake an Access to HE qualification or level 3 apprenticeship, with courses available in an array of subject areas, including construction and trade and health and social care.

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Whichever higher education or professional course you decide to study, with our HNCs and HNDs you will be equipped with the in-demand skills that employers are looking for.

The college works closely with local employers to ensure that our courses address the skills gaps in the local area. Our brand-new Health & Social Care Academy, for instance, is equipped with industry-standard equipment and will provide our higher education healthcare students with the knowledge and skills they need to excel as a healthcare professional.

Why choose us to be your higher education provider?

Students studying on our higher education courses are taught by our expert tutors and benefit from their vast industry experience and knowledge. We pride ourselves on offering a supportive, inclusive learning environment, enabling you to strive for the best and reach your full potential.

Choose us for:

  • Affordable course prices – our full-time fees are £5,995 and part-time fees are £2,997 per year
  • Excellent links with employers
  • Small class sizes
  • One-to-one support and guidance
  • Fabulous facilities on campus
  • Easy access by car and public transport

What do our higher education students say about us?

We receive fabulous feedback from our higher education students!

  • 95% would recommend their course to a friend
  • 96% agree they felt welcome on their first day in college
  • 96% agree the teaching on their course is good
  • 96% agree teachers know their subject well
  • 95% agree they are developing employability skills
  • 95% agree they have received quick feedback on their work
  • 94% agree the college listens to their views about the course feedback on their course
  • 96% agree that their teachers treat them fairly and with respect.

What support is available for higher education students?

All higher education students will have termly 1:1 tutorials with their Programme Leader to support their progress on programme.

Students also have access to an online tutorial programme which provides guidance on a wide range of topics such as careers, mental health, managing finances, support for single parents and working online. In addition, students can access a range of workshops throughout the year to support with topics such as study skills, academic writing and time management.

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a wellbeing team on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. All higher education students have access to a designated Progress Coach who also provides wellbeing support.

What are the funding options?

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support including the Higher Education Financial Assistance Fund. Our Guidance and Wellbeing Team can provide you with advice on loans and discuss with you any financial concerns you might have.

Click here to find out more information about financial support at college.

Other options may be:

  • Higher Education Finance: all of our HNC/HND programmes are eligible for a Higher Education Loan, which you only start to repay once you are earning over £25,000.
  • Tuition Fee Loans: eligible students studying for their first undergraduate course can apply for a tuition fee loan - this will cover the cost of the course.
  • Maintenance Loans: all full-time students can apply for a Maintenance Loan to help with living and study costs. The amount of support students receive is dependent on the household income.
    • Up to £9,978 per year is available for those who live away from home
    • Up to £8,400 per year is available for students who live with their parents
    All students regardless of their level of household income can receive a basic Maintenance Loan.

Additional support is also available:

Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to a:

  • Disabled Students Allowance (DSA): this is a grant to help meet extra course costs which students can face as a result of a disability.
  • Childcare Grant: to help with childcare costs
  • Parents Learning Allowance/Dependents Grant: you may qualify for additional grants if you have children or adult dependents.

For further information on loans and how to apply, visit:

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs)

We offer a range of Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) - new level 4 and level 5 qualifications that sit between A levels, T levels and degrees. These are high-quality, career-focused courses that provide sector-specific knowledge and skills.

Find out more about HTQs

Higher Apprenticeships

We offer a range of higher apprenticeships, which are a great alternative to achieving a higher level qualification by combining practical training with study.

Find out more about higher apprenticeships
Our higher education courses for adults span a wide range of subject areas, from art and design to creative media, public services, or even engineering and electrical engineering! Below we list our fantastic range of HNC and HND courses, discuss financial help for higher education students and outline the key benefits of studying with us.

We have the following

higher education courses available

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There are a number of important documents that all higher education students must read and refer to throughout their studies.

View all policies & procedures

Higher Education Graduation Ceremony

Each year, we honour the achievements of our higher education and professional students at our Higher Education Graduation Ceremony. Set in the atmospheric St. Elphin's Church in Warrington, the ceremony recognises the determination and commitment of students who have completed HNCs and HNDs as well as higher level apprenticeships and professional qualifications.

View the gallery Read more about our most recent ceremony
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Meet our students

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Adam Boyd

Adam Boyd began his studies at our college seven years ago, when he enrolled on to a foundation learning course. He has since worked all the way up to completing both a HNC and HND in Graphic Design. Adam is the recent recipient of The Harry Cunningham Higher Education Progression Award 2022 - a true mark of his inspirational educational journey and progression.

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Fern Gresty

Fern Gresty recently completed the ILM Level 5 Certificate Leadership & Management at the college and is now revelling in a hugely successful career in management. Fern is the director of not one, but ten businesses! She is using the skills learnt on the course to grow her teams and push the companies she works with forward post-covid.

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Peter Connell

Peter Connell recently completed his HND Computing course at our college and is now completing a top up degree in software development at UCEN Manchester. Peter is also the recipient of The Professional Student of the Year Award 2022 - a worthy achievement in light of his commitment and dedication to his higher education studies.

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Access to Higher Education

Our Access to Higher Education diploma courses provide you with the skills, knowledge and qualifications needed to apply for university.

The best bit? You can study now, but pay later!

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You don't have to wait until September 2023 to change your life!

Take the first step towards your dream future and enrol on adult course today.

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Spring into summer!

Never stop starting: enrol on an adult course today. Our latest adult course guide contains hundreds of part-time, professional and leisure courses, including a range of distance learning courses.

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Celebrating Adult Student Success

Feel inspired by our amazing adult student success and read all about their time at Warrington & Vale Royal College.

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