People wanting to study for a university-level qualification without paying high tuition fees can sign-up for higher education courses at City of Wolverhampton College.

The college offers over 20 Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) and foundation degree courses in a range of subjects, with full-time courses costing around £5,500 – compared to £9,000 for university fees – and part-time qualifications costing between £2,750 and £3,667.

And from January 2016, people will be able to study for around 20 individual modules from the qualifications on a flexible basis, allowing them to choose specific bite-sized units related to their current career, gain skills in an area they wish to progress to, and fit studying around their existing work and family commitments.

The scheme will also enable employers to up-skill their staff by enrolling them on modules related to the needs of their business without the expense of funding a full qualification.

Modular options include salon management in the hair and beauty industry, managing a business event, programming in Java, and storytelling techniques for video games, along with a number of engineering units.

Costs for individual modules range from £311 to £993 depending on the number of associated UCAS credits, with flexible payment options available.

Higher education qualifications are offered in a range of subjects including business, computing, construction, education, electrical and mechanical engineering, health and social care, sport, travel and tourism, and public services, as well as broadcast journalism, creative music production, creative video production, games development, live sound and events, performing arts and photography.

Students studying for full-time and part-time HNC, HND and foundation degrees can apply for a loan to cover the costs of the course which they will not have to start paying back until they are earning over £21,000 a year.

For more information visit www.wolvcoll.ac.uk/type/higher-education or call 01902 836000.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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