Higher Education at Stanmore College


Our Higher Education courses (accredited by the University of Portsmouth ) provide an opportunity for learners to develop the appropriate vocational and academic skills and specialist knowledge to achieve a higher level qualification in their chosen subject. They are tailored to meet the needs of employers and potentially lead to employment, career progression and further study.

Higher Education refers to courses at level 4 and above that sit within the Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ). These include Higher National Certificates (HNCs -- level 4), Higher National Diplomas (HNDs -- level 5) and Foundation Degrees (level 5). Foundation degrees (level 4 and 5) and are equivalent to the first 2 years of a full Honours degree. HNCs, HNDs and foundation degrees combine vocational and academic study that can be 'topped up' with an additional year of study at level 6 to obtain a full Honours degree.

Our Higher Education courses are more affordable than you might think. If you are a UK student planning to study a full-time or part-time higher education course offered through the University of Portsmouth , you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your course. If you study full-time you may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan and a grant to assist you with living costs. You will only have to pay back your tuition fee loan once you are earning a minimum of £25,000. For example, if you were earning £26,000 per year the repayment on a tuition fee loan might work out at just £7 per month. A student loan facility is available for HE courses. Further information can be found on the Gov website.

The University of Portsmouth is ranked 21st in the 2020 Guardian University Guide published 7th June - its highest ever position in any university league table.

This is the fifth successive year that Portsmouth has gone up in the rankings, having risen from 25th last year. The University was ranked 85th in 2012.

For information relating to enrolment, please contact us

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QAA - the mark of quality HE: The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has awarded the College the highest possible judgement.

Higher Education Courses

For ages 19+

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Key Staff

Alison Tonkin
Head of HE