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Higher Education
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Higher Education Programmes

Whatever course area you choose to study, you will need to consider what type of programme will best suit the way you prefer to learn, and your chosen career route. The following options are available to you in most course areas:

Access Courses +

These programmes will prepare you for entry to degree programmes. Successful completion of an Access to Higher Education programme will enable you to apply for a place on a degree level programme and guarantees an interview for specific degrees here at Accrington and Rossendale College.

Foundation Degrees, HNCs and HNDs +

These are university-level programmes designed to improve your career prospects and earning potential. Successful completion will allow you to top up with further study (usually one year) to a full honours degree or enter employment.

Our programmes can be accessed on a full or part- time basis. The courses are usually taken over two years on a full-time basis and longer (typically three years) for part-time study.

Honours Degrees +

You can study towards degree programmes on a full or part-time basis.

Full-time courses are typically taken over three years. Part-time courses can be taken over a longer period of time.

Continuous Professional Development +

In selected programme areas we offer the opportunity to study just part of an undergraduate programme that you need to progress in your career.

Look out for our special workshops and conferences run throughout the year.

Below are a few examples:

  • Equality and diversity (Level 3)
  • Preparing for the mentoring role (Level 3)
  • Internally assure the quality of assessment  (Level 4)
  • Understanding and managing behaviours in a learning environment (Level 4)
  • Developing, using and organising resources within the Lifelong Learning sector (Level 5)
  • Literacy and the Learners (Level 5)
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