South Staffordshire College

Higher Education

University courses at South Staffordshire College!

South Staffordshire College higher education students come from a variety of backgrounds with a range of reasons to gain awards validated by our partner universities.

Some are students who have already studied with us and wish to progress further; others are those who are currently in employment and wish to progress in their career or move in a different direction; others are simply inspired by the courses and facilities we can offer.

Fancy talking to a member of staff about HE courses? Then call our guidance team on 0300 456 2424 or email: or visit the UCAS website at


Advice on Student Finance:

Career advice & UCAS applications:
Download UCAS Points and What They Mean (PDF)

QAA HE Review:
Download the QAA Higher Education Review of South Staffordshire College (PDF).
Download the QAA Quality Improvement Plan (PDF)

What do the qualifications mean and what can we offer?

  • HNC

    A full-time Higher National Certificate (HNC) takes one year to complete while a part time HNC takes over two years. Many HNC’s cover the same subjects as an HND, however, a HNC is a level below a HND and two below that of a bachelor’s degree (generally equivalent to first year of university).
  • HND

    A Higher National Diploma is a unitised course, which once completed can lead to entry on the final year of a Degree course. HND courses are vocational in nature as they prepare you for a career in specific areas of industry. Part time HND courses are generally spread out over a three-year period as opposed to the full time HND course which is taken over two years. Progression upon completion, could be undertaking a top-up degree, or joining the Employment workforce.
  • Foundation Year

    The course helps you to develop the academic knowledge and study skills necessary to be successful on your degree course. If you pass the Foundation Year you can continue onto Year One of your chosen Degree here at SSC or at any other institution.

    The Foundation Year currently links to degrees in a wide range of subject areas to provide a route onto your chosen degree course if you don’t meet the entry requirements e.g. if you don’t have sufficient tariff points or if you haven’t studied the specific A2 or AS Level subjects needed for entry to your chosen degree.

  • Foundation Degree

    Foundation degrees are work-based qualifications in a range of vocational areas, equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree. They are often available by either part-time or full-time study. Foundation degrees usually take two years to complete full-time or within three years if studied part-time. All Foundation degrees offer a guaranteed progression route to at least one named honours degree at one of our partner universities. Developed with local employers to meet skills shortages, all Foundation degrees have a substantial amount of work-based learning and assessment including, in some cases, delivery in the workplace, with all students having the support of a work-place mentor.
  • BA/BSc (Hons)

    A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences Honours degree (360 credits) is usually a full-time academic course lasting for three years. Students progressing from a Foundation degree or Higher National route may be able to take the third year of an Honours degree on a part-time basis. On completion students may be eligible for post-graduate study such as a Master of Arts or Sciences.

    South Staffordshire College delivers its Higher Education in partnership with Staffordshire University.

  • University Diploma

    A Level 4 Diploma is delivered part-time for anyone working or planning to work within their chosen Industry. Some work placement hours will be required to support and complete this mode of study.
All FULL TIME applicants must apply via UCAS –

PART TIME courses CAN apply directly through the relevant University:

  • If the course is run with Staffordshire University, you’ll need to visit:
  • For the University of Wolverhampton, visit the course finder pages at:

If you are unsure about which course is best for you or what your next step should be, call our guidance team on 0300 456 2424 who are happy to help.

We’ve had fantastic success stories from our Higher Education

“Kerry set up her own private day nursery which ran for 5 years caring for children between the ages of 2 and 8. Once the nursery was established she decided to attend South Staffordshire College to embark on a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Education. As her experience grew she felt she could best utilise her skills by helping others wishing to follow a Childcare career so when an opportunity arose for her to become a Placement Officer at the College, she felt this was an opportunity too good to pass up and has now embarked on a new career path.”

“Trevor has been working in the NHS for many years in an assistant role and having completed his Access course he has not only secured a place at Birmingham City University but he has also landed a new job. Trevor has always wanted to become a nurse but found when he was at school “men didn’t have ambitions to become nurses” so he is now fulfilling a life long ambition.”


FT = Full-Time, PT = Part-Time, WBL = Work Based Learning

Are you looking for part-time, evening or weekend courses?
You can find them in the Community Education section.

Access to HE
Been out of education for a while? Want to study for a Higher Education qualification but don’t meet the entry requirements?

Don’t worry. We can help you get on track with our range of Access to HE and Pre-Access qualifications. For more information, see our ‘Access to HE’ area or click on a course below.

Title Area Study

FT = Full-Time, PT = Part-Time, WBL = Work Based Learning

Are you looking for part-time, evening or weekend courses?
You can find them in the Community Education section.

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