Why choose Higher Education at SRC?
Choosing a Higher Education course at SRC will not only provide you with the chance to study close to home, saving even more money and time, but will also see you benefit from being taught in our modern campuses, complete with state-of-the-art technologies, modern facilities and a friendly, lively atmosphere. Our smaller class sizes also mean you’ll be given more one-to-one support, as well as being assigned a personal tutor for the duration of your studies. You will also benefit from our excellent partnerships with universities and many employers.
Foundation Degrees are equivalent to the first two years of a full Honours Degree. For example, an FdA is equivalent to the first two years of a BA and an FdSc is equivalent to the first two years of a BSc. These courses combine academic study with work-based learning. Foundation degrees typically focus on a particular industry to equip you for a career in that area. We offer progression routes from all our Foundation Degrees to the third year of a BA or BSc course at our partner university, Ulster University. All our Foundation Degree are validated by the Ulster University.
Higher National Certificates/ Diplomas (HNC/HNDs)
A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a work-related course. A full-time HND takes two years to complete. Generally an HND is the equivalent to two years at university.<br>A full-time Higher National Certificate (HNC) takes one year to complete, or two years part-time. <br>Unlike many degrees, these courses are vocationally focussed and therefore can lead straight on to employment. Moreover, they are a great stepping stone to a higher qualification, as you can choose to 'top up' an HND or HNC with extra studies at a later date, in order to convert it to a full bachelor's degree.
This is the traditional academic qualification normally studied full-time over three years. If you have already studied a Foundation Degree or a Higher National Diploma/Certificate and would like to gain an Honours Degree, many of our subjects offer a final year BSc (Hons) one-year top-up option.
Higher Level Apprenticeships
Higher Apprenticeships are aimed at anyone who has completed A levels (or equivalent). They are designed to help those in work to develop higher skill levels and include qualifications at a level equivalent to the first stages of Higher Education (i.e. Level 4 or Level 5). A Higher Level Apprenticeship is a work-based programme which enables you to earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised professional qualification. You will be employed during your course.