Higher Education

With three Campuses located across Cheshire, we are ideally placed to offer high-quality undergraduate study. We provide a wide range of industry-relevant courses ranging from Higher National Certificates (HNCs), with progression to Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and, working with our university partners, we also offer a range of Foundation Degrees, Top-Up Degrees and full Degree qualifications.

Our Campuses are modern and provide state-of-the-art facilities to ensure that, not only will you achieve a higher qualification, you will also develop the skills to be work-ready.

Dean’s Welcome

I am delighted that you are interested in Cheshire College – South & West to continue your studies, and that you are considering our higher education study options. 

The College offers a range of courses at Levels 4, 5 and 6 which will enable you to continue to learn and develop your higher-level skills and knowledge. We offer a diverse range of higher education opportunities including Foundation Degrees, full Degrees, HNCs and HNDs, both through working closely with our university partners (University of Chester, University of Derby and University of Wolverhampton) and as an approved provider of a wide range of Pearson HNC and HND qualifications.

Whether you are progressing from a Level 3 course at the College, returning to education as a mature student, changing career or wishing to enhance your current career opportunities, or simply wish to develop your knowledge and skills in a subject or specialism, there is a course for you. Come along and see for yourself! Our open evenings are a great opportunity to talk to staff and discuss what we can offer you, and what support is available. 

When you choose Cheshire College – South & West you will have the opportunity to study locally at one of our three state-of-the-art campuses based in Cheshire. Our courses provide a rich and engaging experience, including wider learning opportunities such as work experience and course-related trips. We also understand that our learners live busy lives and so we offer excellent support facilities and have put in place academic practices which help ensure that you have the support required to excel in your studies.

Upon successful completion of your course, you will be invited to graduate and celebrate your achievements with staff, friends and family. We are proud to work with and stand with you, and to acknowledge and celebrate your success.

Why Study With Us?

Every year, our undergraduate lecturing team look forward to welcoming new and continuing learners who come to us to advance their studies. Learners choose to study with us after completing all types of Level 3 programmes such as BTECs, Access courses and A Levels. We have many learners who come to us from industry and employment who are looking to enhance their career and progression opportunities. We also have a large number of mature applicants who are looking for a career-change or simply because the time is right for them to start that higher qualification they have always dreamed of. Whatever your route into higher education with us, we offer high-quality teaching and support to enable you to achieve.

High quality at a lower fee

We don’t charge the same high tuition fees as universities, our fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

Full-time programmes validated, franchised or accredited by a partner university*£5950 per year of study
Part-time programmes validated, franchised or accredited by a partner university*£2975 per year of study
Full-time Pearson HNC / HND programmes£5600 per year of study
Part-time Pearson HNC / HND programmes£2800 per year of study

*Our partner universities are the University of Chester, University of Derby and University of Wolverhampton.

Living and studying locally means you will make savings and be able to achieve a university-level course.

Quality teaching from industry and academic professionals

Our higher education lecturing team are passionate about their subjects, they are industry professionals or academics within their subject specialisms.  The results of our 2018/19 cross-campus Teaching, Learning and Assessment survey shows that:

  • 94% of learners said that their lectures are planned, structured and well-organised
  • 93% of learners said the quality of teaching materials is good
  • 94% of learners said the teaching on their course is good
  • 97% of learners said their teachers are friendly and helpful
  • 95% of learners said they receive good support from their teachers  

Timetabling to suit you

We recognise that our learners have commitments outside of College, whether these are work or family commitments. We timetable our higher education courses flexibly so you can fit your studies around those commitments. We offer the majority of our courses on a full-time or part-time basis. We offer ‘step off’ points so you can leave with a qualification that is portable and allows you to resume the next stage of your study at a later date if this suits you best, for example, we offer many HNC courses that can be achieved in one year, there is then the opportunity to progress to a second year of study and ‘top up’ to an HND or leave with the HNC certificate and progress to the HND at a later date. We also offer full and part-time Foundation Degrees, Top-up Degrees or full Degrees.

Dedicated facilities and support

All of our undergraduate learners have a dedicated academic personal tutor who provides academic support on a one to one basis throughout your studies. We also have a dedicated specialist learning support team in college who can advise and support you if you have additional learning needs. We have exclusive HE Hubs on our campuses, these are dedicated HE spaces where you can take time to relax, use for quiet study or complete work in the IT suite.

Smaller class sizes

Our class sizes are deliberately smaller than you will find at a university and you can expect between 12 and 15 hours of full-time teaching contact time per week. Having smaller groups means the lecturing staff get to know you and your learning needs and the sessions are friendly and supportive.

Workplace skills and employability

All of our undergraduate programmes are designed with the needs and demands of employers in mind, in many cases our curriculum has been developed with employers and enable learners to work on ‘live briefs’. Learners can expect workplace skills and employability skills to be embedded within their curriculum which ensures learners gain not only the academic knowledge but also essential transferable skills.

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