Higher Education Courses

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.

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Types of Higher Education Courses

Foundation Degrees
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.

Degrees
This is the traditional academic qualification normally studied full-time over three years.&nbsp;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.

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Course

Accounting ATI LEVEL 5 DIPLOMA FOR ACCOUNTING TECHNICIANS
HIGHER LEVEL APPRENTICESHIP IN ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE
Art BA (HONS) CREATIVE IMAGING
BTEC LEVEL 5 HND IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
EDEXCEL BTEC LEVEL 5 HND DIPLOMA IN FINE & APPLIED ARTS
Beauty EDEXCEL LEVEL 5 BTEC HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN HAIR AND BEAUTY MANAGEMENT
Business LEVEL 5 BTEC HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS
BSC (HONS) BUSINESS STUDIES
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LEVEL 4 HIGHER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN BUSINESS
LEVEL 4 DIPLOMA IN DIGITAL MARKETING
Childcare STRANMILLIS FOUNDATION DEGREE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES FT
STRANMILLIS COLLEGE FOUNDATION DEGREE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES PT
CITY & GUILDS LEVEL 5 DIPLOMA IN LEADERSHIP FOR CHILDREN'S CARE, LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT (MANAGEMENT) (WALES AND NORTHERN IRELAND) (QCF)
Construction FOUNDATION DEGREE IN CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING AND SURVEYING
LEVEL 4 BTEC HIGHER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING/CONSTRUCTION
Counselling FOUNDATION DEGREE IN COUNSELLING ULSTER UNIVERSITY
LEVEL 4 CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELLING STUDIES ULSTER UNIVERSITY
Engineering HIGHER LEVEL APPRENTICESHIP IN MECHATRONIC ENGINEERING
LEVEL 5 ULSTER UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION DEGREE IN MECHATRONIC ENGINEERING FT
ULSTER UNIVERSITY LEVEL 5 FOUNDATION DEGREE IN MECHATRONIC ENGINEERING PT
PEARSON BTEC LEVEL 4 HIGHER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN ENGINEERING (MECHANICAL)
LEVEL 4 HIGHER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING
Hairdressing EDEXCEL BTEC LEVEL 5 HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN HAIR AND BEAUTY MANAGEMENT
Health and Social Care ULSTER UNIVERSITY LEVEL 5 FOUNDATION DEGREE IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
CITY & GUILDS LEVEL 5 DIPLOMA IN LEADERSHIP FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SERVICES (ADULTS' MANAGEMENT)
BTEC LEVEL 4 HNC DIPLOMA IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE 
BTEC LEVEL 4 HNC DIPLOMA IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE YR1 FAST TRACK
Hospitality & Tourism FOUNDATION DEGREE IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT
FOUNDATION DEGREE IN INTERNATIONAL CULINARY ARTS
IT HIGHER LEVEL APPRENTICESHIP IN COMPUTING INFRASTRUCTURE
FOUNDATION DEGREE IN COMPUTING
FOUNDATION DEGREE IN INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA
BTEC LEVEL 5 HND IN COMPUTING
Languages DIPLOMA IN THE IRISH LANGUAGE
Management BTEC LEVEL 7 EXTENDED DIPLOMA IN STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP
BTEC LEVEL 5 DIPLOMA IN MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF PERSONNEL AND DEVELOPMENT: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT LEVEL 5
Media BTEC LEVEL 5 HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN CREATIVE MEDIA PRODUCTION
Motor Vehicle IMIAL LEVEl 4 CERTIFICATE IN ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE STUDIES FOR MASTER TECHNICIANS
Music EDEXCEL LEVEL 5 BTEC HND DIPLOMA IN MUSIC
Photography EDEXCEL BTEC LEVEL 5 HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN PHOTOGRAPHY PT
Science HIGHER LEVEL APPRENTICESHIP IN LIFE AND INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE
Science UU LEVEL 5 FOUNDATION DEGREE IN APPLIED AND MEDICAL SCIENCE
Sport Studies UU LEVEL 5 FOUNDATION DEGREE IN SPORT, EXERCISE AND FITNESS FT