Why Choose Furness College for your university education
By studying at Furness College, you have the prospect of gaining a degree validated by some of the UK’s top universities, all without the added financial costs of living away from home.
As the largest provider of education and skills training in Cumbria studying with Furness College can offer you a wide range of benefits:
More than 30 years’ experience of providing university education (over 500 Furness College students studied university level courses in 2016/17)
Learn-while-you-work, thereby reducing costs and loans
University qualifications which are validated by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the University of Cumbria, Lancaster University or Edexcel
High quality of teaching and learning recognised by the government’s silver Teaching Excellence Framework award for higher education in 2017 – top in Cumbria.
Accreditation by the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
University qualifications which are relevant to future employment opportunities
Small group sizes which are friendly and supportive and help to improve confidence
Courses which fit around the workplace and a busy home life
Reduced transport costs
A network of support including personal tutors and additional support
High standards of tuition
Excellent training resources which meet industrial/commercial standards
Progression routes to honours degree courses or employment
Superb facilities including several IT suites with subject specific software
University Resource Centre with quiet study areas, resources and computers
All qualifications fit into the Framework for Higher Education Courses (FHEQ)
There are so many choices available that sometimes it's hard to know where to start. You need to make sure you're choosing a course for the right reasons and consider questions such as whether you are you going to be happy studying on the course, or, if you have a specific career in mind, whether a specific qualification will be necessary. Deciding what to study requires lots of research, so take time to look at what's available.
There's a wealth of resources available over the Internet which might make your choice of course easier. Visit www.ucas.com for information on some well recognised resources
Furness College offers a range of higher education qualifications, from HNC/Ds and Foundation Degrees to Bachelor’s Degrees and Honours Degrees.
Higher National Certificates (HNCs) or Higher National Diploma (HNDs) via BTEC/EDEXCEL are work-related higher education qualifications and are generally suitable for candidates who wish to progress from vocational type qualifications, advanced apprenticeships or as part of the Higher Apprenticeship framework or standard. They will provide you with an introduction to a subject. This qualification is designed to equip you with the basic knowledge, understanding and skills required for a general vocational area.
Higher National qualifications don't just qualify you for work. Some HNCs allow direct entry into the second year of a degree programme, and many HNDs allow direct entry to the third year of an Honours Degree. Possessing a HNC or HND can also give you entry to a number of professional bodies. So whether you want to go straight into a job, or continue your studies, getting a Higher National can be a great place to start.
HNCs usually take one year to complete and are a Level 4 qualification (equivalent to the first year of study on an Honours Degree). HNCs are usually studied two years part-time or one year full-time and many candidates then go on to other qualifications or areas of study.
HNDs usually take two years to complete and, as a Level 5 qualification, equate to the first two years of Honours Degree study.
Foundation Degrees are work-related higher education qualifications, designed in close consultation with local and national employers to provide the specialist knowledge and skills needed within a particular sector.
Foundation Degrees can be studied either full-time (over 2 years) or part-time (over 3 to 4 years). Students who have successfully completed a Foundation Degree programmes can usually progress to the final year of a related Honours Degree or to a bespoke 1 or 2-year Honours top-up programmes.
Bachelor’s Degrees (or Ordinary Degrees/Pass Degrees) are courses of academic study that lead to the following qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Engineering (BEng).
Some subjects equip you for a particular career while others, such as English, are not linked to one particular job type and can take you in one of several different career directions. Bachelor’s Degrees usually require at least 2 years of full-time study (with part-time options often available).
Honours Degrees normally require 3 years of full-time study (longer for sandwich options) and can also be taken part-time. The final year will often involve the production of a dissertation/advanced level project.
Honours Degrees lead to the following qualifications: Bachelor of Arts with Honours [BA (Hons)], Bachelor of Science with Honours [BSc (Hons)], or Bachelor of Engineering with Honours [BEng (Hons)].
Following the successful completion of a Foundation Degree or Bachelor’s Degree, you may be entitled to continue your studies in order to achieve a full Honours Degree. These qualifications usually take between 1 and 2 years of study on a full-time basis.
Degree and Higher Apprenticeships
Higher and degree apprenticeships provide a high-quality alternative to the traditional degree route. They combine skilled on-the-job training with higher level study to give you the skills needed to progress your career. Higher apprenticeships are delivered at levels 4 and 5 and include professional, vocational and usually academic qualifications. Some higher apprenticeships include a foundation degree, which can then be topped up to a full honours award. Degree apprenticeships include a full bachelor's and/or master's degree.
The College runs two very successful courses that are related to teaching and training: the Certificate in Education (CertEd) and the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both offer practising teachers (and aspiring teachers) the opportunity to formally qualify for a teaching career in the post-compulsory (further education) sector.
HE Facilities at Furness College
Furness College has invested in great facilities for Higher Education Students. There is a dedicated HE Resource Area, with key text books, a number of computer terminals, quiet study space and two dedicated HE tutorial rooms. Specialist subjects such as computing are taught in dedicated and well equipped computer labs.
The Channelside campus is home to the £4million Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Centre – the first of its kind in Cumbria. The facility has classroom space for up to 450 higher education students and 1,150 apprentices on science, technology and engineering apprenticeships and HNC and degree programmes in engineering manufacturing and electrical and electronic engineering. The aim is to help more local people gain the qualifications they needed to access new jobs being created in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, nuclear and biopharmaceuticals, as well as providing technology led businesses with a supply of skilled staff.
New equipment ranges from a rapid prototyping machine and latest five-axis CAD/CAM machines to a high-tech Faro scanarm that uses laser technology to inspect and reverse engineer complex parts and surfaces into a 3D model, suite of new 3D printers and virtual welding machine. Upstairs, there is a learning hub, classrooms and IT suites.
Student Contract – Fees
For 2017-18 students:
Furness College will ONLY be charging £5,950 per year for full-time courses
Part-time fees are £992 per 20 credit module
Foundation Degrees (part-time) will be £3,968, assuming 4 modules of 20 credits studied
HNC Engineering (part-time) will be £2,976 plus £170 BTEC registration fee
BEng (Hons) programme will be £2,976, assuming 4 modules of 15 credits studied (£744 per 15 credit module)
Please see specific course information pages for course level fees
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is the higher education equivalent to an Ofsted inspection and Furness College had its latest review in February 2016. The results were excellent and we're very proud to share them with you.
The QAA team identified the following features of good practice at Furness College.
The drawing together of data from a range of sources to inform comprehensive action plans, which are aligned to internal and external benchmarks (Expectation A3.3).
The effective relationship between the College and stakeholders that enables the College to make timely adjustments to the curriculum to maintain relevance and currency (Expectation A3.4).
The strategic approach that enables all stakeholders to work together to identify and seamlessly develop enhancement opportunities of mutual benefit (Enhancement).
The culture of enhancement that pervades all aspects of College provision (Enhancement).
The enhancement of student learning opportunities is commended
The College effectively manages its duties and sustains academic standards, in union with the degree-awarding body and organisation.
The College is a major player in local economic growth, proactively seeking enhancement opportunities.
Professional skills development via work-based learning is the focus, with students supported by tutors and workplace supervisors.
Enhancement is deeply rooted within the College and all stakeholders have a voice in the process.
What it means for Employers
Employers praise the College’s efforts in securing and monitoring work experience/placements with them.
Employment and employability run through our curriculum, supporting the development of employment opportunities and student employability skills.
The mutual partnership between the College and employers, with shared objectives and common desire helps students progress.
What it means for our students
Students feel teaching is relevant, and that tutor experience is used effectively to make subject areas relevant.
Student feedback shows they believe their Furness College learning experience has increased their employability and employment prospects.
Students say there is a strong listening culture within the College, with quick responses to issues raised.
Students praise the effective management of work experience and work placements offered and supported by the College.
HE Access and Participation Statement
Furness College is dedicated to providing high quality HE provision to all. The College has an excellent reputation for widening access to higher education. This document outlines the College’s approach to access and participation in higher education and how the College has performed against the following widening access and participation priorities:
Maintain reach and impact on under-represented groups
Students in POLAR 3 quintiles 1 and 2
Female students into Engineering
Ensure resources are aligned to targeted interventions
Increase the proportion of school leavers progressing to HE as a direct result of Hello Future (formerly the Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme)
Maintain the effective utilisation of the HE Bursary to support student success