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Welcome to Nelson and Colne College’s University Centre. Launched in 2017, our centre builds on the College’s outstanding reputation for teaching and learning to offer adults in East Lancashire and beyond the opportunity to gain a University level qualification flexibly and affordably.

We offer a range of higher level qualifications (HNC/Ds), which are widely recognised for professional development and career progression. Not only can an HNC/D help you climb the career ladder quicker and improve your job prospects, it is a well cited statistic that graduates can expect to earn £100,000+ more over their lifetimes than someone who didn’t go to university.

In this section of the website, you will find information about the range of courses on offer, what flexible learning options are available to you, funding, and more. To speak to a member of our team, or to start your journey towards gaining a HE qualification, contact 01282 440272.

Science Courses
Business and ICT Courses
Health and Social Care Courses
Sport Courses
Engineering Courses
Teaching Courses

FAQs

What is a HNC/D?
A Higher National Certificate/Diploma is a career-related course, available across a number of subject areas. Generally, a HNC is the equivalent of one year at University, while a HND is the same as two. The difference is you won’t have the expense of University, and you can study locally!
What are the benefits of doing an undergraduate qualification?
Not only can an HNC/D help you climb the career ladder quicker and improve your job prospects, it is a well cited statistic that graduates can expect to earn £100,000+ more over their lifetimes than someone who didn’t go to university.
Is there an opportunity for me to take on a qualification flexibly?
At NCC we offer flexible learning for our HNC/D students, meaning you can still gain a nationally recognised higher level qualification, while maintaining other work and personal commitments. You may be able to study from the comforts of your home, with full support from expert tutors. Students in work may also be able to do the HNC as part of a higher Apprenticeship, at no cost to themselves.
Is funding available?
Yes! HE Loans are available. To apply for a HE Loan, please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance
What qualifications/skills are needed to start an HNC/D?
Prior qualifications are not always necessary for candidates with relevant experience. Speak to our staff by calling 01282 440272 to find out more.
Can you still do a HNC/D if you have started University?
Don’t worry if you have already completed a term at University and changed your mind, you can still start on a HNC/D programme as we have flexible entry points and start dates.