University Education Explained

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.

The Framework...

All qualifications fit into the Framework for Higher Education Courses (FHEQ)

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Current Framework Levels:

Level 3

Entry qualifications for Higher Education Qualifications

E.g - A Levels, Level 3 Extended Diploma, Access to HE Diploma

Level 4

HNC

Foundation Degree Year 1

Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)

Higher Apprenticeship

Level 5

HND

Foundation Degree Year 2

Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)

BEng (Ordinary)

Level 6

Batchelor Degree with Honours for example

BA (Hons)

BSc (Hons)

BEng (Hons)

Degree Apprenticeship

Level 7

Master’s Degree eg MSc

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

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. 

Course Types Explained

Furness College offers a range of higher education qualifications, from HNC/Ds and Foundation Degrees to Bachelor’s Degrees and Honours Degrees. 

HNC/Ds

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 an 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

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 two years) or part-time (over three to four 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 one or two-year Honours top-up programmes.

Bachelor's Degrees

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; others, like 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 two years of full-time study (with part-time options often available).

Honours Degrees

Honours Degrees normally require three 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)].

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 an 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.

Teaching Programmes

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

Why choose Furness College?

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 Furness College is the largest provider of education and skills training in Cumbria.

Our Benefits

Our advice and guidance events provide an excellent opportunity to explore the Furness College campus, view the facilities and talk to tutors about the extensive range of courses on offer. Student Ambassadors will also be on hand to talk about their own college experience.

• Over thirty 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

• 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

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, quite study space and two dedicated HE tutorial rooms. Specialist subjects such as computing are taught in dedicated and well equipped computer labs. £4million has been invested in a dedicated Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Centre (AMTC) where Engineering higher level students have their own dedicated classroom, computer labs and advanced manufacturing facilities. 

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.

For example:

• Foundation Degrees (part-time) will be £3,968, assuming four 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 four modules of 15 credits studied (£744 per 15 credit module)

Please see specific course information pages for course level fees. All HE fees are subject to the terms and conditions of the HE Tuition Fees Contract.

Key Dates/Statements/Policies

Key Dates for HE Delivery 2017-18 

QAA - Report, Action Plan

HE Access and Participation Statement

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