Higher Education

Achieving your higher education qualification at New City College is a really convenient alternative to university.

New City College is the fourth largest college group in the UK, offering a diverse range of Higher Education courses. Our qualifications are designed to give you the skills that put your knowledge to practical use and are highly valued by employers both in the UK and overseas.

With smaller class sizes, NCC offers more one to one support and contact time with tutors, enabling tailored tuition to suit individual learning needs.

Our learning facilities are fantastic and easily accessible by car and public transport, providing a convenient alternative to University.

For more information on Higher Education, check out one of  our helpful guides: 

Higher Education FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions relating to our higher education courses.

  • Engineering FAQ

    How many years does it take to become an engineer? Between 2 and 4 years to become qualified dependant on career path.

    What engineers are in-demand? All areas of engineering are in demand. NCC regularly has vacancies for apprenticeships in Maintenance, mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering.

    Is mechanical engineer a good career? Mechanical engineering is a good career as there are many opportunities and it gives you a wide range of skills and knowledge that can be transferred to other careers.

    How many years does it take to be a mechanical engineer? Between 2 and 4 years to become qualified, dependant on career path.

    What is studied in mechanical engineering? Engineering Maths & Science, mechanical principals, electronic principals, engineering design and processes (including H&S).

  • Construction FAQ

    What is HNC in construction?

    The HNC is a Higher National Certificate level 4 qualification that offers students a broad introduction to the subject area of Construction professional pathways. Through the level 4 qualification students acquire skills and experience needed to support further progression in a range of occupational sectors.

    What job can I get with an HNC in construction?

    The route selected but the college will enable candidates to progress into professional construction roles within the sector these include:

    • Site Manager
    • Project Manager
    • Land Surveyor
    • Building Surveyor
    • Quantity Surveyor
    • CAD Technician
    • Health and Safety Advisors

    Other professional roles (excluding Building service engineer and Civil Engineer)

    What kind of skills do you need for construction?

    Good level/standard of English and Maths GCSE Level, a general understanding of professional construction operations (basic), Candidates should have a good awareness of scale and proportions/size. Students should be well organised, committed and enjoy working in a variety of locations (inside and outside) and understand the importance of time management.

    What can I do with an HNC in construction?

    The Pearson BTEC Level 4 BTEC Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in construction and the built environment where candidates are able to enter professional construction route/employment. Upon completion, students can build; should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage, to progress to the Level 5 BTEC Higher National Diploma, or allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study.

    In addition, the qualifications may provide links to industry-related and employer-supported apprenticeship schemes that can provide further opportunities for enhanced employability.

Important Information for Higher Education Students

  • Higher Education Overview

    New City College currently offers Higher Education courses at Levels 4 and 5. These include Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), Higher National Certificates and Teacher Training qualifications. These qualifications are designed to give you the skills to put your knowledge to practical use. HNDs and HNCs are highly valued by employers both in the UK and overseas, and can also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations.

    Why choose higher education courses at New City College?

    • Enter 2nd or 3rd year of a university degree
    • Fantastic learning facilities on campus
    • Small class sizes
    • One-to-one support and guidance
    • Easily accessible by car and public transport

    Course Entry Checklist

    To qualify for one of our higher education courses you need to be:

    • Aged over 18 years
    • Have either a level 3 qualification like A-levels or a vocational qualification like a BTEC or Access to Higher Education Diploma
    • Have relevant work experience in the field you want to study if you haven’t got a level 3 qualification

    Non-native English speakers or those who have not studied the final two years of school in English should demonstrate capability in English at IELT 5.5 standard.

    Mature students with relevant knowledge and skills, demonstrating a commitment to the chosen subject.

    Higher National Certificate and Diplomas (Level 4 & 5)

    The College offers Pearson Higher National Diplomas as they provide specialist work-related learning that reflects the requirements of employers and professional organisations and meet the National Occupational Standards for each sector or industry. HNDs are mainly assessed through assignments, projects and practical tasks. The HNDs are designed to be completed in two years of full-time study.

    • HNDs are equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree (Level 5)
    • A practical approach that is highly valued by employers
    • Designed in collaboration with industry experts
    • HNDs can be converted to a full Honours Degree with further study
    • Internally assessed through assignments and practical tasks
    • Awarded by Pearson

    Pearson Certificate/Diploma in Education and Training (Levels 4 & 5)

    The teacher training qualifications are one year full-time courses.

    • Professional qualifications for people teaching in further education colleges, adult education, and a wide range of other training and educational settings that are outside the school sector.
    • Provides a route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.
    • Internally assessed through assignments, practical tasks and lesson observations.
  • How to Apply

    Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS. However, if you only wish to apply to New City College, you can apply directly to us via our website and by clicking on ‘Apply Now’.

    If you need financial support with the costs of your studies, please see Higher Education Financial Advice for up-to-date information and links to helpful government advice.


    Where there is an insufficient number of enrolments the College reserves the right to close a course. If a course is discontinued, applicants holding offers will be informed as soon as possible, and where possible and appropriate, will be offered a place on an alternative course by the College and/or supported by the Admissions and IAG Team to find alternative provision.

  • Financial Advice

    What help is available?

    There is a range of support available if you are concerned about financing your higher education studies.

    1. Student Loans

    Types of help for new full-time undergraduate higher education students include:

    Tuition Fee Loans to cover the full cost of tuition fees

    • Maintenance Loans to cover living costs
    • Grants to cover living costs
    • Students can also get extra support if they have children or adult dependants, or a disability or a specific learning difficulty.

    Find out more about student loans for higher education:

    Student Loans Company

    Gov UK

    Student Finance – How You Are Assessed

    Student Loan Advice for HNCs and HNDs


    • It is important that you apply for extra support e.g. Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) at the same time that you apply for a student loan – it may not be available once your course has started.
    • You do not need a confirmed offer of a college place before you can apply for a student loan. Apply as early as possible to prevent delays to your application.

    2. Self-Funding

    If you choose to pay any part of the fee yourself the College offers an instalment plan to allow you to stagger your payments by Direct Debit.

    3. Student Services

    If you require any help or advice applying for your student loan, please speak to our trained advisors on 0330 135 9000

    There is a College Higher Education Support Fund available for Higher Education. Please contact the Student Finance and Welfare Team for further information and details of eligibility if you are experiencing financial difficulties once you are enrolled.

    4. Independent Financial Advice

    It is important you consider your own circumstances and look into all options. You can access free independent financial advice from the Money Advice Service

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