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Higher Education

Welcome to Higher Education at Hartlepool College of Further Education. Studying for a degree doesn't have to mean going to university. Hartlepool College has an offer that can really enhance your career. Research shows HE graduates can earn more over the course of their lifetime than people without formal university qualifications. We deliver a variety of HNC/HND, Foundation Degree and Degree programmes, in partnership with Teesside University, designed in collaboration with employers to ensure quality and relevance to industry.

Many of our Higher Education courses have options to progress to a full honours degree. Enjoy the best teaching, learning and resources in our industry standard town centre campus. Courses can be delivered on a part-time basis to fit in with your work and life commitments; others can be followed full time. Achieve your personal, career and academic ambitions at Hartlepool College - Higher Education in Hartlepool. Check out our range of Higher Education programmes HERE

Satisfaction results from the National Students Survey 2017 (NSS) :

% of students who AgreeHCFERegion Average
The Teaching on my course8685
Learning opportunities8684
Assessment and Feedback8274
Academic support8880
Student Voice7770
Overall satisfaction8584

Need more Support?

Our Award-Winning* Student Services staff can help you before you study with us, while you are here and even when you've left! With professional information, careers and finance staff, you can access the support that will best assist your studies and progression. We offer 1:1 guidance appointments, employability opportunities for individuals and groups as well as Student Loans support.

If you want to know more about the support you can access, check out our Student Services page.

*Voted Number 1 Student Services Department in the UK in Further Education at the March 2017 NAMSS National Awards

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Applying to Higher Education?

No matter what subject you take, you'll have lots of career options with a higher education qualification as companies value graduate-level skills. Recent research from the Skills Sector Councils has even estimated that if you hold a HE qualification, your chances of unemployment could be halved. But a HE qualification isn't a ticket to a guaranteed job and there are both money and time aspects to consider when taking on more studies. If you are unsure about Higher Education or just want someone to help you explore your options, you can discuss your options with an adviser in college. Just book via Student Services.

To start exploring HE courses you can research University websites or explore UCAS. UCAS is the University and College Admissions Service where you can search for all HE courses in the UK.
We would also recommend attending university open days to see facilities first-hand and to speak with academic and support staff. We offer trips to local Universities in October for Level 3 and Access to HE students. There is also a HE Fair every year in college where a range of Universities will be present to help you explore your options.
HE staff will also be embedded into various student events throughout your studies to ensure you are as informed as possible about higher education. Speaking to University staff about aspects such as accommodation, course content, finance and more can really help you decide on your future and our success rates of over 90% ensure our support can help you secure a place in higher education.

For more advice and support visit Student Services first-hand, contact us, call us on 01429 295000 or if you are an Access student search for HCFE Access Students on Facebook for guidance and support. You can also find information and what we are up to via our Twitter page:

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