Why study Higher Education at South & City College Birmingham?

Dedicated HE Centres

Take control of your learning by studying in purpose-built learning environments for University Level learners. Whether you’re attending a class, or looking for a quiet place to work – these spaces are accessible to those studying on a current HE or University level program.

Professionally awarded courses

Want to get a degree but not deal with a new place? Our courses are recognised and certified by other popular providers across the West Midlands – including the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University and Birmingham Newman University.

Get 1-1 support

With our smaller class sizes, our tutors and staff can provide more direct 1-1 support to ensure you succeed and get the qualification you want. With frequent tutorials and drop-in sessions, you won’t feel behind or overwhelmed.

Be celebrated

We value our students and the successes that they have. With multiple opportunities to win awards, participate in competitions, or even share your student journey with learners at the college – we truly believe in each and every learner in our University division.

Make the Right Choice for your future…

With our dedicated university centres, excellent relationships with employers, and industry-standard facilities, South & City College Birmingham is the destination of choice for hundreds of higher education students who live in Birmingham, Worcestershire, Sandwell, and the surrounding areas.

Our courses are run in partnership with well-regarded institutions including the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, and Birmingham Newman University – so no matter what you’d like to specialise in, we can help you to achieve your higher education goals.

You can progress to higher education from your further education course with us, to stay in an environment with staff and students that you are familiar with.

Access to HE

An Access to Higher Education Diploma is a one-year Level 3 qualification that prepares learners without traditional qualifications for study at university. Over 98% of our Access to Higher Education students progress onto a university course.

It’s a fantastic option for those who are looking to earn formal qualifications, change careers or get the most from the career path you are currently on.

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Higher Technical Qualifications

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) offer a high-quality route for students to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for roles in demand from employers.

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are either new or existing Level 4 and 5 qualifications (such as HNDs/Foundation Degrees/Diploma HE) that have been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education as meeting occupational standards for the relevant sector. These qualifications are aimed at both college and school leavers or those retraining and upskilling.

These qualifications have been developed by awarding bodies in collaboration with employers and businesses so that students get the specific training, knowledge and skills required for their chosen career.

South & City College Birmingham are currently providing HTQs in:

  • HND Computing (Cyber Security)
  • HND Computing (Networking) – Coming Soon
  • HND Computing (Data Analysis) – Coming Soon

HNC (Higher National Certificate)

A Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a level 4 vocational qualification that takes one year to complete full-time, or two years part-time. They’re practical-based courses that can prepare you for either work after completion or studies at degree level.

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HND (Higher National Diploma)

A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a level 5 vocational qualification provided by higher and further education colleges. It takes two years to complete full-time, or three to four years if you study part-time. HNDs are practical-based courses, ideal for those wanting to enter the workforce or study towards a bachelor’s degree.

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BA (Hons)

The Level 6 honours degree is the most common and widely studied undergraduate qualification, with thousands of courses available across the UK. Studying for a Bachelors degree at university will give you an in-depth understanding of one or more subjects.

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University Level Prospectus

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Our Higher Education Prospectus provides details of over 20+ different courses that you can study with us at University level. It also provides a wide range of information about our University centre, including:

  • Our focus on producing employable graduates
  • Our excellent student support
  • Our student successes
  • Detailed information about course levels and qualifications
  • Your journey to studying with us
  • Our fantastic facilities

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Next Steps…

Find your course

For more information, find your course online where you’ll see full entry requirements, student case studies and links to apply via UCAS.

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Open Days

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Our Open Days are designed to give you all the information you need about the college, our courses, and what studying with us is like as a student at South & City College Birmingham.

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Events & Open Days

We run several events throughout the year that allow you to explore your options both in-person and online.

What’s on

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Catch up on all the latest news, blogs and exciting announcements from across South & City College Birmingham.

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How do I apply?

You can apply on this website, by searching for a course that you want to do. What is important is that you disclose your needs on your application form so that we can assess you and arrange your support before you start your course.

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