Qualifications Explained

Higher Education (HE) is university-level learning that is likely to further increase your career options, future pay prospects and chances of promotion. The UK job market requires qualified workers to fill skills gaps, meaning more and more people are studying HE qualifications than ever before.

Professional Courses

  • Accredited by a professional awarding body (entry level to Level 7)
  • Linked to a specific industry
  • Develop relevant skills to a particular career path

Foundation Degrees

  • Equivalent to two-thirds of a bachelor’s degree
  • Combine study with workplace learning in your chosen industry
  • Option to ‘top-up’ with additional study to achieve a full degree either at college or a university


  • A Level 6, three year course
  • GC offers a degree in Film Production and Applied Technology and post-graduate level 7 courses in leadership and management, and teacher training

Higher Apprenticeships

  • Combine on-the-job training with studying a degree-level qualification (Level 4 to Level 6)
  • Many offer the opportunity to gain professional accreditations and memberships too
  • Earn while you learn and get ahead

HNCs and HNDs

  • HNC (Level 4) is equivalent to the first year of a degree, and HND (Level 5) is the equivalent of the first two years’
  • Work-related qualifications that focus on skills for a particular job
  • Option to ‘top-up’ with additional study to achieve a full degree at college or university

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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