Higher Education Courses

We have over 750 HE students in the College studying around 40 programmes including:


  • Cert HE/PGCE
  • Full and Part-Time Honours Degrees
  • Full and Part-Time Foundation Degrees 
  • Full and Part-Time Top up degrees 
  • HNC/HNDs
  • Higher Apprenticeships 
  • Access to Higher Education Diplomas

Course areas include:

Business Management  /  Computing  /  Childcare  /  Education  /  Engineering  /  Games Design  /  Health, Wellbeing & the Social Sector  /  Hospitality & the Culinary Arts  /  Housing & Design  /  Sound, Music & Audio Visual Technology  /  Sports & Fitness  /  Travel & Tourism


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Find the right qualification for you!

Higher National Certificates (HNC’s) and Diplomas (HND’s) are vocationally orientated qualifications specifically designed to provide practical, job related skills. Many of these courses can lead onto degree level programmes.

We offer professional teaching qualifications for individuals who aspire to work in the lifelong learning sector educational settings, such as further education colleges and adult community settings.

A foundation degree is a stand-alone two year University level programme that offers an alternative route to a full honours degree. As a stand-alone qualification (Level 5), you will complete two years of study. This qualification is recognised by employers as a higher level qualification.

To achieve the full honours degree (Level 6) you can progress onto a one-year top-up programme, offered at Middlesbrough College. For some foundation degrees, more than one top-up programme or pathway is available, providing greater flexibility than the standard honours degree route. A foundation degree also gives you the option to leave after year 2 with a qualification recognised by employers.

Honours degrees are three-year programmes and are considered an undergraduate level of education. These include:

  • Bachelor of Arts, BA (Hons): focuses on arts and general education courses
  • Bachelor of Science, BSc (Hons): focuses on medical, technical or scientific areas of study
  • Bachelor of Engineering, BEng (Hons): focuses on engineering

Upon completion of your HND or foundation degree, you can top up your qualification to a full honours degree!

MA degrees are one-year full-time or 18 months part-time programmes that you can study once you have completed an undergraduate degree. A master’s degree is perfect for you if you want to further your knowledge in a particular subject and improve your employability.

A higher apprenticeship is a real job and gives you the same great benefits as other apprenticeships allowing you to earn whilst you earn. You will receive training in the workplace enabling you to progress up to the next level academically, gain invaluable work experience and improve your salary and job prospects.

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