The local, affordable alternative to going away to university! We offer a range of HNDs, foundation degrees and top-up degrees, in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire, Oxford Brookes and Bath Spa University. These are taught in our dedicated HE Centres.
“The course itself opens doors to not only the public Service sectors, but other avenues such as national security, government and maybe lead to links such as international relations”
“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to pursue my passion for Textiles. It had taken me too long to find the courage to pursue my dream, but I’m so pleased I did.” – After graduating, she went on to work in the film industry, creating costumes for the big screen
“I chose to study at New College because of the organisation of the classrooms and how welcoming it was. I like that feedback is given throughout your course and you’re given plenty of help when needed. I like the HE rooms because they’re a quiet area to work on assignments.”
“When I had finished my Textiles course, I wanted to go to University but I really liked the teachers here so I decided to stay on. The teachers are really supportive and show you a clear path of where you’re going. My creativity has really expanded here.”
“There’s a very friendly atmosphere in the Media Make-up department and the lessons are very practical. The knowledge that the lecturers have about their subject is amazing!”
HNC, which is a Level 4 qualification, is the equivalent of the first year of a degree. HND, which is a Level 5 qualification, is the equivalent of the second year of a degree. To achieve a full honours degree, most learners progress onto University to complete a year 3 top up. Studying for the first two years at New College and then a third year at another institution, equates to the same amount of time and same end result as going to university for the full three years. Advantages of studying at New College instead of university include: smaller class sizes, access to local business and significantly lower costs.
Most Universities offer a top-up Business course and all accept the HND as a vehicle to entry. Local universities including: Bath Spa, Gloucestershire and Cardiff offer top-ups. We have had learners progress to institutions all over the UK, from Newcastle and Birmingham, to London and Portsmouth.