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Our higher-level courses offer an alternative route to a traditional degree. We offer a series of professional qualifications and apprenticeships, aimed at meeting your retraining needs or allowing you to start on the career route of your choice. Our supportive tutors and excellent facilities will help you achieve your goals, we have an excellent track record for helping students attain their goals and realise their potential.

HE Levels of Study

Professional Qualifications

Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Process and Practice

Level 4 Diploma in Management Practice and Advanced Techniques in the Hair and Beauty Sector

AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Level 4 CACHE Certificate for the Early Years Practitioner


Level 4 Professional Accounts Tax Technician

Level 4 Software Developer

Level 5 Healthcare Assistant Practitioner

Level 5 Lab Scientist

Level 5 Operations Departmental Manager

Higher National Certificates & Higher National Diplomas

Designed as the technical alternative to traditional degrees our Pearson validated Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) courses are designed to provide you with relevant qualifications for your chosen career route. Both the HNC and HND courses have been created with input from employers, students and professional bodies, to provide the real word skills you will need, as well as academic knowledge and theory. This gives the qualifications a flexibility, meaning it is possible to enter into employment in your chosen field, expand your skill base for your current role or pursue a top-up to gain a full Honours degree.

Widely recognised by industry and higher education authorities as the principal technical qualifications, the HNC and HND sit at level 4 and level 5 respectively.

The length of time either the HNC or HND takes to complete, is dependent on the course and choice of full time or part time study.

But most courses offer the flexibility to remain in work; or to seek work in the relevant field, whilst completing the chosen qualification.

These qualifications will hone, develop and strengthen your skill set giving you a practical grounding if you choose to pursue a degree or the confidence and skills necessary to advance in your chosen career. Here at York College we currently offer:

HNC Construction and the Built Environment

HNC Creative Media Production – Game Development

HND Creative Media Production – Game Development

HNC Multi-skill Engineering

HND Multi-skill Engineering

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