Degrees (Higher Education)

We offer extensive higher-level qualifications, including Foundation and Honours Degrees, primarily validated by Bangor University. Many of our courses are vocational Higher Education qualifications, developed in consultation with employers to equip you with the knowledge and skills that employers need and to help you whether you are progressing into employment or looking to advance your skills and career.


Not everyone follows the same path in their education and we encourage students from all walks of life at the college. You could be coming straight from school or college; be returning to education after a break or looking to advance your career.

Our degree courses provide the support, flexibility, and tutor contact time to help you succeed. For us, it’s about you and your future. You won’t be lost in the crowd with us. Our smaller class sizes mean we get to know you as individuals.

What we offer?
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai offers university courses in over 30 subject areas, with most of our degree courses validated and awarded by Bangor University.

The majority of the courses are delivered at the specialist university centre at the Rhos-on-Sea campus, or at our Bangor, Llangefni and Rhyl campuses. Some bilingual degrees are also available at Dolgellau.

Studying for a degree can be life-changing in many ways:

  • Better career and promotion opportunities
  • Greater earning potential
  • Increased knowledge and skills
  • Increased confidence
  • New friends

Our broad range of degree courses offer a mixture of full and part-time programmes that are designed with your future employability in mind.

If you're looking for a degree without the hassle and expense of moving away to achieve it; we can help.

Guide to university-level qualifications

Honours Degrees
We offer a wide range of Honours Degrees, primarily validated and awarded by Bangor University. Typically, our learners start on the Foundation Degree at Levels 4 and 5, followed by progression to a full Honours top-up Degree at Level 6. The majority of our top-up degree programmes are delivered over one-year for full-time students or a more flexible two-years for part-time students. Additionally, we offer a limited selection of three-year Honorary Degrees, designed to accommodate learners who need more flexibility. These comprehensive programmes are generally completed over three years for full-time students or stretched across a flexible four, five or six years for those preferring part-time study.

Foundation Degrees
Our Foundation Degrees include 240 Higher Education credits with 40 credits dedicated to employability-focused learning. Differing from traditional undergraduate programmes, Foundation Degrees focus on combining theory with practical application in real-world settings. This ensures that you acquire the knowledge and skills sought after by employers, helping to improve your employment prospects, prepare you for increased responsibilities and develop opportunities for career advancement. Our suite of Foundation Degrees has been developed to ensure progression towards Honours Degrees - whether you continue your studies at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai or through one of our partner institutions.

Higher National Certificate / Diplomas (HNC/HND)
Our Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/HND) are designed for those seeking a university-level work-related qualification. A HND/HNC can be studied over one-year for full-time students and two-years for part-time students. The courses provide a practical and applied approach to learning, giving you the skills and knowledge needed for both personal and professional growth. Upon successful completion, there are progression pathways onto Foundation Degrees or a Degree Apprenticeships at Level 5 or 6.

Degree Apprenticeships
Degree Apprenticeships are fully-funded in Wales which means that you will not pay any fees at all for a degree! Degree Apprenticeships provide a different route to university by combining full-time work and university study.

  • Earn while you learn – As a Degree Apprentice, your course is combined with employment, enabling you to receive a salary while pursuing your studies.
  • Industry qualification – Your course is directly related to your industry, equipping both you and your employer with the essential skills needed for success.
  • Employability skills – A degree apprenticeship allows you to develop practical work experience, improving your career opportunities.

For entry onto a Degree Apprenticeship you will need to be in full-time or part-time employment (minimum 16 hours per week) within the relevant engineering/digital/IT industry. In the final year of your Degree Apprenticeship, learners move to study at Bangor University, where you’ll dedicate one day per week to complete the BSc/BA (Hons) qualification. Upon completion, you will be awarded your degree from Bangor University, and invited to their annual Graduation Ceremony.


If you live at home, you could save thousands of pounds as you won't have to pay the additional accommodation costs incurred by students who move way to study. Additional bursaries may be available, depending on individual circumstances.

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Why study your degree at college?

Here are some reasons why you should study for a university–level course with us.

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What degree courses do we offer?

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What do our students say?

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Course fees - Degree courses

Information on course fees and additional course costs.

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Financial Support & Bursaries

We have a range of financial support and bursaries available.

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Every year hundreds of our graduates attend our prestigious graduation ceremony.

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Upcoming Events:

You can visit one of our open events to find out more about studying for a degree at college. Visit our events page to register your place.

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How to apply

All of our degree-level courses have specified entry criteria.

If your qualifications do not meet the entry requirements listed on the course page, we would still encourage you to apply for the course you’re interested in, as many of our courses will consider learners based on their previous work and skills experience rather than their qualifications.

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