Benefits of studying Higher education at a college 26/11/2019

Benefits of studying Higher education at a local college instead of University.

Higher education (HE) courses don’t have to be studied at a university – over 240 colleges in the UK offer a range of higher education courses. Stanmore College’s Higher Education courses are validated by the University of Portsmouth. The University of Portsmouth is ranked 21st in the 2020 Guardian University Guide.

Many UK colleges offer all the subject areas you’d expect from a university, and many offer full honours degrees. UK colleges are also known for more practical, courses, such as Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and foundation degrees, most of which are run in partnership with a university as is the case with Stanmore College. Students can subsequently continue to a full degree through a one year 'top-up' course on completion of a HND. UK colleges provide a very high level of teaching and learning support for students on higher education programmes. If you are a UK student planning to study a full-time or part-time HE course you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your course. You only have to pay back your tuition fee loan once you are earning a minimum of £25,725.

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to studying your course at a UK college, including:

• lower tuition fees

• smaller class sizes

• location – you can choose to stay close to home (reducing any living expenses)

• flexible study options, including part-time

• progression programmes through to full degree courses

• more class contact hours and individual study support

• easy to apply, simply apply online at and you will be given more information and support in a face to face session shortly after applying.

Who studies HE in a college setting?

• Around 10% of all undergraduate higher education is delivered in further education (FE) colleges, with around 187,000 students studying HE at a college in the UK.

• Colleges have more part-time provision, more students in work, and more mature students than in universities.

• Colleges offer a wide range of subjects, particularly vocational courses. They deliver a higher proportion of the following subjects than universities:

business, admin, and law

education and training

arts, media, and publishing

manufacturing technology/construction

• Almost half of all undergraduates studying at a UK college are over 25 years old. A high proportion are also studying part-time – studying for their HE qualification alongside other responsibilities, such as working and family commitments.

So what HE subjects can you study at Stanmore College?

You can study the following subjects at Higher Education level at Stanmore College:

  1. HND Business
  2. HND Computing
  3. FdA Early Years Care and Education

To find out more check out Higher Education on our website at


simply apply on line after which you will be invited to a no-obligation information, advice and guidance session.