HE courses in Hertfordshire


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a paid job with study (usually one day a week), to gain job specific skills in many different industries.

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level. You can apply for an apprenticeship while you're still at school if you are 16 or over, living in England and not in full-time education.

There are different levels of apprenticeships

  • Intermediate (level 2) - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced (level 3) - equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher (level 4) - equivalent to degree/NVQ 4

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From January 2017, the University of Hertfordshire is offering a range of new Degree Apprenticeship programmes.

You may also find the official government website helpful since it includes national vacancies https://www.getingofar.gov.uk/

National Apprentice Week 2017

National Apprenticeship Week 2017 is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, the week is designed to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships and traineeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

National Apprenticeship Week 2017 will be taking place from 6 to 10 March.

The 10th National Apprenticeship Week will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.

Access Courses

Access to HE Diploma is a qualification that prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university and is suitable for those who are changing career direction or returning to education.

These courses are offered by colleges in England and Wales in subjects such as nursing, social studies, law, and art and design. Access courses have no upper age limit and can be offered:

  • on a part-time or full-time basis for year or more
  • as distance and evening courses

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Higher Education Courses

A wide range of higher education courses are offered in Hertfordshire from Hertford Regional College, North Hertfordshire College, Oaklands College, Royal Veterinary College, West Herts College and the University of Hertfordshire.

Courses are available at different levels on a full time, part time and online basis to meet the needs of students who are:

  • joining straight from school or college
  • returning to education
  • retraining
  • or remaining employed whilst undertaking the qualification

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Future Teaching Scholars

The Future Teaching Scholars programme was launched earlier in 2016, and targets high-quality A-level students with a passion for maths or physics, attracting them to teaching through an extensive support package including a £15,000 grant through university.

The Programme is a Department for Education initiative, aimed at widening participation in STEM by encouraging greater take-up of maths- and physics- related degrees. Applications for the second cohort are now open, aimed at A-level students who will be starting university in September 2017, please do promote the Programme through your student access and outreach networks.

Interested students need to register online at www.futureteachingscholars.com

Common course types

Extended Degree

  • An  alternative route into higher education for students who do not have the   traditional qualifications to start an undergraduate degree
  • Acts  as a bridge between previous education or work experience to ensure that  students have the knowledge and academic experience to complete a full degree programme.
  • Generally takes 1 year of full-time study.

Foundation Degrees

  • Work-based qualifications linked to employment  sectors from construction to engineering, healthcare to retail, sport to   business and many more!
  • Usually takes 2 years to complete full time   and many courses can also be done on a part time basis.
  • A qualification in their own right! Not simply courses to get onto a degree (although they can be)

HNC (Higher National Certificate)

  • Focus on 'learning by doing' and give you the skills to put your knowledge to effective use in a particular job.
  • Highly valued by employers and can also count  towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations.
  • Provided by further and higher education  colleges, HNCs take about one year to complete full-time and two years part-time.
  • Usually require one A level (or equivalent)  and are one level below an HND.
  • With further study, they can be topped up to an HND or HNCs can allow entry into the second year of a degree.

HND (Higher National Diploma)

  • Similar to an HNC, this is a work-related course provided by higher and further   education colleges in the UK.
  • Most courses   require one A level (or equivalent)
  • Takes   two years to complete full time, or three to four years part-time.
  • Generally  equivalent to two years at university course and so may allow entry into the final year of a  3-year undergraduate degree.

Undergraduate degree

(also called first degree, bachelor's degree or simply degree)

  • Classified by subject, including; BA (Bachelor of Arts), BSc (Bachelor of Science), BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) and LLB  (Bachelor of Law)
  • Usually offered at an institution of higher  education, such as a university
  • Typically takes at least 3 or 4 years to complete.
  • Entry requirements are usually a mix of qualifications, subject or exam grades, most commonly A levels, BTEC Nationals or equivalent.

Postgraduate study

  • Includes   qualifications such as Masters and PhD programmes
  • A good undergraduate degree is usually required as an entry requirement