Type of degree course
Higher Nationals (HNC/HND)
A Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a work-related University level qualification. It is normally studied part-time for two years or full-time for one year. On completion,
you could progress onto an HND or Foundation Degree.
A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a University level qualification that takes two years full-time or three years part-time to complete. Successful completion may allow you to
be accepted onto the 3rd year of an Honours Degree course.
Most Foundation Degrees require you either to be working or to have a substantial work experience placement, as they are not just about theory. By combining theory with
its application to the workplace, they provide you with the knowledge and skills that employers need, to help you enhance your employment opportunities and to prepare you
for more responsibility or promotion.
In some subjects, an Honours Degree is studied full-time over three years. In others, a Foundation Degree is studied first. This can then be topped up to an honours degree
with one or two years' further study.
Full-time or Part-time
Whether you study full-time or part-time has important implications. There are major differences in the amount of fees you pay, and when you pay your fees, depending on whether you study full-time or part-time.
- Full-time fees now range between £6,000 and £9,000 per annum. However, in Wales, if you are an eligible student you do not have to pay the full amount of these fees yourself.
- Other Financial Assistance:
- Depending on your financial situation and personal circumstances, you may be eligible for additional loans and grants. A means-tested
maintenance grant of up to £5,161 could be used to pay the fees, to avoid taking out the fee loan, which could mean £0 debt!
- Most people think of a full-time course as one where you have to attend classes for four or five days a week. However, for many university
level courses, this is not the case. At Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, for example, most of our full-time university level courses are delivered over one or two days a week, in a variety of
patterns, for example: two days 9am-5pm, one day 9am-9pm, two days 1pm-9pm. This helps you to fit your work and family commitments round your studies.
- All the part-time higher education courses which run at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai campuses are listed in our September Part-time Courses guide, together with the fees for each course plus any additional costs.
- You can apply for a Fee Grant to help pay for the tuition fees of a part-time higher education course. This Fee Grant is means-tested, so it depends on your household income, but it
does not have to be repaid. It is paid directly to the College.
- Instalments are payable on a termly basis. If you are applying for a tuition fee grant, a £50 deposit is payable. The balance is payable when the grant is received by the Grŵp; if
in excess of £100, it can be paid in instalments.
- If you are self-funding, a deposit of 25% of the total course fee is payable upon enrolment in September 2016, followed by one instalment of 25% in January 2017 and one instalment
of 50% in April 2017.
- Other Financial Assistance:
- A course grant is available to help with any on-course costs, such as books, travel and other expenses. If you choose to do so, this can also be put towards the cost of the fees.
Like the Fee Grant, the course grant does not have to be repaid, but it is means-tested. Additional help may also be available, depending on your individual circumstances.
- Most part-time University level courses are delivered over 6 to 8 hours a week. You will usually have to attend classes for one whole day or two half days/evenings. This helps you
to fit your work and family commitments round your studies.