Take your skills to a higher level
If you’ve finished a level 3 course or have a wealth of industry experience, you can take your education, knowledge and confidence to the next level. As the only college in the borough offering HE, with campuses north and south of the river, you can study a higher national certificate/diploma (HNC/HND), foundation degree or Access to Higher Education (HE) with South Tyneside College. We’ll give you award-winning teaching and training to expand your skills, work-related learning in small classes, and excellent support like fitting learning around your lifestyle.
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Access to HEAccess To Higher Education Diploma Health Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma Humanities and Social Science Level 3 Pre-Access Certificate / Diploma Level 2
Art and DesignPEARSON BTEC HNC IN ART AND DESIGN PEARSON BTEC Level 5 HND IN ART AND DESIGN (ART PRACTICE)
Hairdressing and BarberingCity and Guilds Diploma in Advanced Hairdressing and Management Techniques - Level 4
ManagementCMI Extended Diploma Management and Leadership - Level 5 Management and Leadership - Level 5
Media Production and Games DesignBTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Creative Media Production - Film BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Creative Media Production (Game Development) BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Creative Media Production (Game Development) Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Creative Media Production (Film)
Teaching and EducationCertificate in Education (LifeLong Learning) In Service Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong learning) In Service
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You can study higher education right here on your doorstep with the highest Ofsted rated college in Tyneside. With campuses north and south of the river, we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality higher education programmes designed to help you achieve your career aspirations. We’re the real alternative to university.
We offer students a personal touch to learning.
Throughout your time with us, you will benefit from 1-2-1 support and guidance, flexible learning, smaller classes, industry standard facilities, fantastic industry links, knowledgeable lecturers and a culture you will achieve and excel in.
We offer flexible, condensed learning to our higher education students. We know how tricky juggling life and work commitments are, so we’ll work with you to make sure it’s right for you.
We offer HNCs, HNDs, and foundation degrees, which will set you up for a career in your chosen industry, or you can continue to university for your final top-up year.
We offer HE programmes in the following areas:
- Art and Design
- Beauty Therapy
- Criminal Justice
- Early Years
- Education and training
- Health and Social Care
- Hospitality and Catering
- Media Production
- Games Development
We offer students a friendly, supportive, multi-cultural environment you’ll thrive in.
With industry standard facilities, well-being spaces, coffee shops, a restaurant and a hair and beauty salon, you’ll be able to experience a lively campus.
This will all depend on the programme and level you’re looking to start.
The best way to find out what grades you need is to pop to one of our Advice and Enrolment events. Please check our events page of the website for dates and times.
We’ll work with you to find the right programme that will get you on track to achieve your career aspirations. We have a lot of support available from tutorial sessions, maths and English courses and in-classroom support.
This doesn’t mean you have missed your chance to study HE.
You can apply for your desired programme directly with us. We’ll then process your application and get you enrolled on to your programme.
Clearing shows which HE programmes are still available for you to apply for.
From 5 July to 19 October, you can apply for a course using Clearing if you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has places. Visit our Higher Education page for more information.
Once you apply for a HE programme, you’ll be contacted by a member of the team for an interview for the course.
It’s nothing to worry about – this is so we can assess your skills and identify any additional learning support you may need throughout your studies. Once you have completed your interview, you’ll be able to apply for any funding you need. Once this has been finalised, you can complete your enrolment ready to start your programme.
Supporting all our students is our number one priority.
We want all students to flourish and excel while helping them develop confidence, self-motivation, and achieve their career aspirations. Our support comes in many forms, including (but not limited to):
- Mental health and well-being counselling service
- Careers guidance and higher education advice
- School Liaison Team and Gateway Team
- Financial support
- Tutorial Coaches
Additional Learning Support:
- Special exam arrangements
- Help with personal care needs
- Support assistants
- Communication support workers
- Dyslexia support
- Maths and English support
Depending on what level programme you start with, you can progress from level 4 up to a foundation degree.
Our strong links with employers means we can help you look for a career in the industry of your choice. If you would prefer to top-up your qualification, you can also do this through a university. We can help you with any job or university applications, offering you advice and guidance throughout the process.