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National and Higher Diplomas

National Diplomas


GC offers BTEC National Diplomas in a huge range of subjects. Choosing this route means that you can focus on a specific area of interest alongside English language classes. Based at our Gloucester Campus, we provide the perfect location from which to gain a recognised qualification in a supportive learning environment.


National Diplomas are 2 year course which lead you directly into employment, and at GC we will support you every step of the way. 


Higher National Diploma


At GC we have Higher Education courses which offer something different. Students can select a one or two year full-time programme, normally starting in September.


Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are at the same level, and are equal to two years’ study at university. HNDs prepare students for careers in specific types of industry. When finished, students can join the second or final year of a university degree.


Our strong industry links make us the ideal choice for these types of course. There is a high level of support on offer, and fees are normally lower than studying at university. Find more about our trips and excursions here.


Find National and Higher Diplomas

GC offers BTEC National Diplomas in a huge range of subjects.

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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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.