New College Durham

Introduction

An outstanding college

We are delighted that New College Durham has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted. Plus, our excellence and innovation has been recognised by the awarding of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) Beacon Status.

Our overall success rate places us in the top 10% of all colleges nationally for performance. Not only that, but our student achievements and retention rates are among the best in the country!

Our support for students both inside and outside of the classroom is also one of our key strengths with 94% of students, who join a course at the College, completing their studies, which is 5% above the national average.

We are an outstanding college in so many ways. These are just some of our key strengths:

  • Outstanding success rates on most provision types, including Apprenticeships and Functional
  • Skills
  • A history of sustained outstanding performance at most lengths, levels and age groups
  • Outstanding support for learners
  • Strong emphasis on teaching and learning leading to excellent outcomes
  • Strong strategic leadership and performance management which promotes high achievement for all
  • Ethos of continuous improvement and mutual respect for all
  • Significant contribution to social inclusion
  • Outstanding and well maintained learning environment.
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About the College

Our £35 million campus offers an impressive range of buildings, facilities and resources to give you a modern and stimulating learning environment, complemented by the most up to date learning materials, IT facilities and resources.

There are plenty of places to eat, including the food court and Sports Café, with an on-site Starbucks and Costa Coffee. For something a bit different you can visit the Le Nouveau Restaurant where our catering students provide a wide range of delicious meals. Students can also visit the POD shop for everything from sandwiches and tea, to soft drinks and chocolate bars.

We provide services for students and the general public alike. Halo, our hair and beauty salon offers everything from hair cuts to fake tans. Musicians can take full advantage of our recording studios and rehearsal rooms, whereas fitness fans will enjoy the Steps2Fitness gym which houses all the latest cardio and weight machines.

Achievements and success

We have continually improved on our high academic standards and our student achievements rank with the best in the country.

Corporation and structure

The Corporation of New College Durham is made up of members from the business and local community, local authorities, stakeholders, partners, staff and students.

Mission statement

Our mission is to provide outstanding learning and training for individuals, business and the community.

College history

New College Durham was formed in 1977 from the merger of Neville’s Cross College and Durham Technical College.

A safe college

Your health and safety is our top priority, we always want you to feel and be safe in college.

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Our Campus

As well as being a great place to study, it is also a great place to socialise and catch up with friends. We have a hair and beauty salon, gym, dance studio and multipurpose sports hall, shops, restaurants, and even a Starbucks and Costa Coffee.

College services

We have an impressive range of facilities onsite including Halo hair and beauty salon, Steps2Fitness gym and dance studio and Le Nouveau Restaurant. There are also cafes and shops, plus free parking.

Exciting new redevelopment plans revealed

Following months of consultation and planning, we would like to share the details of this exciting £5 million facilities investment plan.

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Learning Resources Centre

The LRC is home to the library and e-Learning Centre and provides all the resources you need for your studies.

Accessibility

With our modern campus we have achieved an accessible environment that everyone can enjoy.

Cashless Catering

New College Durham will be introducing a cashless catering and payment service from September 2014.

External Accommodation

New College Durham does not own any halls of residence however in Durham there is a wide range of accommodation options.

Conference facilities

We have a wide variety of facilities available to hire at competitive rates.

Sustainability

We have been actively making sustainability an established part of College life for many years. Our campus has made a significant impact to reduce our carbon footprint.

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Programs

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Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Diploma for Applied Science

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

The course is an interactive course and will include numerous excursions, practicals and assignments to both enhance and enrich your time here with us. You will leave the course with the necessary skills for life at University and more importantly vocations in the Health, Education and Science sectors. [+]

Overview The course entirely consists of course work units and each student has the opportunity to achieve D*D* which is equivalent to 280 UCAS points. You will be required to take one other A level alongside this course, in order to meet the minimum entry requirements for University. The course is an interactive course and will include numerous excursions, practicals and assignments to both enhance and enrich your time here with us. You will leave the course with the necessary skills for life at University and more importantly vocations in the Health, Education and Science sectors. Studying You will study the following units on this course Fundamentals of Science Working in the Science Industry Scientific Practical Techniques Physiology of Human Body Systems Physiology of Human Regulation & Reproduction Diseases and Infections As part of this course, you may visit some of the following places Edinburgh zoo Centre 4 life Museums Sea life centre RSPB Hospitals Entry Criteria 5 A* - C GCSEs to include Maths, English Language and Science If you wish to study a core science subject along side the BTEC Applied Science course then you must achieve a grade B in Maths, Science and English Language at GCSE level. Course costs: 16-18 - Free 19-23 - Free/TBC 24+ - TBC [-]

Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality Supervision & Leadership

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

This course leads to the award of NVQ Level 3 in Hospitality and Leadership. Your study programme will comprise of your main programme of study, employability skills which includes guest speakers, placement, trips and visits to employers within the region and nationally and also competitions. [+]

Overview This course leads to the award of NVQ Level 3 in Hospitality and Leadership. Your study programme will comprise of your main programme of study, employability skills which includes guest speakers, placement, trips and visits to employers within the region and nationally and also competitions. This qualification will prepare you for a career within some Hospitality and Catering organisations, but is primarily designed as a progression route on to the foundation degree. The aim of the programme is to encourage you to develop the personal skills and qualities you need for work and learning and also help you achieve your full potential. NVQ qualifications are intended as a practical 'hands-on' programme with each one taught in the context of real jobs and careers in a chosen vocational sector. This gives you the chance to explore the opportunities offered in that sector, and to acquire appropriate vocational skills. Within the NVQ Level 3 Hospitality Leadership qualification Students will gain knowledge and expertise including learners being involved in the operation of our fine dining restaurant, which sets high standards of customer service and delivers excellent food to members of the public, food and drink service, advanced planning, running events and stock control. Achievement of the Professional Cookery NVQ requires students to complete theory based assignments that are directly related to the dishes they will prepare, cook, finish and evaluate. This qualification will be assessed through practical assessment, multiple choice tests, short answer questions and assignments. Studying The units that you will be covering: Supervise practices for handling payments Supervise functions Set objectives and provide support for team members Develop working relationships with colleagues Contribute to the control of resources Maintain the health, hygiene, safety and security of the working environment. Lead a team to improve customer service Contribute to the development of recipes and menus Contribute to the selection of staff for activities Entry Criteria In order to access the NVQ Level 3 Hospitality Leadership you will require a City and Guilds 706/2, 707/2, 705/2 or NVQ/VRQ Level 2 Food Preparation, Food Service or equivalent, or two years relevant industrial experience in catering. [-]

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

This course leads to the award of C&G Level 3 Extended Diploma in Professional Travel and Tourism. Your study programme will comprise of your main programme of study, employability skills which includes guest speakers, placement, trips and visits to employers within the region and nationally. [+]

Overview This course leads to the award of C&G Level 3 Extended Diploma in Professional Travel and Tourism. Your study programme will comprise of your main programme of study, employability skills which includes guest speakers, placement, trips and visits to employers within the region and nationally. This qualification will prepare you for a career within some Travel and Tourism organisations, but is primarily designed as a progression route into higher education or employment. The aims of the programme are to; provide an educational foundation for a range of careers in the Travel Industry; provide relevant studies for seeking employment; provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development; develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life. Throughout the course learners will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills so that they can explore and locate tourist destinations and areas of interest around the world including visitor attractions and events. This qualification will provide the learners with an understanding of the knowledge and skills that are required to act as a tour guide. This qualification will be assessed through practical assessment, multiple choice tests, short answer questions and assignments. Studying The units that you will be covering: Worldwide Destinations Promotions and Sales Tour Guiding Package Holidays Farm and Rural Tourism Worldwide Adventure Tourism Tourism in the UK In addition to this you will also cover: Employability Skills Trips and Visits Maths and English Guest Speakers Work Placement Entry Criteria In order to access the City and Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Professional Travel and Tourism you will need to have 5 GCSE’s grade C and above including maths and English, or alternatively a Level 2 Travel and Tourism qualification. Course costs: 16-18 - Free 19-23 - Free/£2,085 per year 24+ - £2,085 per year [-]

Advanced Certificate

A-Level in Science and Maths

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

This course aims to introduce you to Chemistry, show you how this area of science is organised, the way in which its ideas have developed and the evidence for our current ideas. [+]

Chemistry This course aims to introduce you to Chemistry, show you how this area of science is organised, the way in which its ideas have developed and the evidence for our current ideas. This is done mainly by a mixture of practical and experimental work, some demonstrations, student led learning and discussion as well as teacher centred learning. Full-time students study this subject in combination with other AS/A Levels. It goes well with other sciences, such as Physics and Biology, as well as Maths. It can help with Environmental Science, and can be combined with other subjects including Psychology and Applied Science. Appropriate textbooks are provided. The library has a good selection of books. Students wishing to purchase their own books may like to consider: Chemistry in Context, Hill and Holman, Nelson Chemistry in Focus, Andrew and Rispoli, Hodder and Stoughton A range of Chemistry books and periodicals, including Chemistry Review, is available from the College library. There are also revision guides available at the College Media Store. Materials from the internet and the College’s Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (NCD Online) are also used. Students are expected to wear lab coats and eye protection, which are supplied, when doing practical work. Biology Biology is a topical and evolving subject and this course covers a variety of areas from evolution and ecosystems to enzymes. Maths The aim is to develop your understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment. It will enable you to recognise how a real-life situation may be represented mathematically and acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computer software packages effectively to solve mathematical problems. Full-time students study this subject in combination with other AS/A Levels or GCSEs. You will study AS in the first year. A2, taken in the second year, makes up the full A Level qualification. Textbooks are provided for class use and personal study. For AS and A2 we use the Heinemann Modular Mathematics for Edexcel AS and A Level range of textbooks. Physics The aim is to increase your knowledge of Physics and provide a scientific training useful for progressing into Higher Education or employment where knowledge of Physics would be useful. Students will also develop a deeper appreciation of how science works and appreciate how we make decisions about scientific issues which contribute to the success of the economy and society. In the first year, a course is followed which leads to an AS in Physics. You will learn about the motion of objects and the safety features of cars, Newton's Laws and parachutes. The course also covers forces and their effects on various structures, electricity, wave motion and electromagnetic waves. Much of the work is covered by practical experiments and demonstrations which are also designed to develop experimental and investigative skills. In the second year, the course covers circular motion, thermal properties of materials, momentum, electromagnetism, nuclear physics, medical imaging and the structure of the Universe along with the connections between the different aspects of physics in a way relevant to the world around us. The course also provides opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate competence in the Key Skills. Textbooks are provided for class use and loan. The library has a good selection of books and other materials. Students are encouraged to access web-based materials such as S Cool and the Institute of Physics teaching resources. Students wishing to purchase their own books may like to consider the following which have been endorsed by OCR: OCR Physics AS (Heinemann) OCR Physics A2 (Heinemann) Health Physics by Andrew McCormick, Alexander Elliot (Cambridge University Press) These can be purchased through the College Media Store. [-]

Foundation Year

FdA Business Management

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Durham + 1 more

The recently re-developed Foundation Degree in Business & Management has been designed to equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in a wide range of business careers or for progression onto an honours top-up degree programme. [+]

The recently re-developed Foundation Degree in Business & Management has been designed to equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in a wide range of business careers or for progression onto an honours top-up degree programme. Level: Level 4 & 5 Credit Value: 120 Awarded by: New College Durham Venue: New College Durham Studying The programme aim is to meet the complex and organic needs of the business sector by providing appropriately trained, qualified and certified staff at supervisory levels with the requisite knowledge and understanding of business organisations from a variety of sectors. It aims to develop students to be able to work across various functions of the business. Upon completion students will be able to demonstrate innovative thinking coupled with cognitive and intellectual competencies specific to business management, and ethical practice. Modules Level 4 Personal Professional Development (M) Innovation (M) Managing People (M) Business Environment (M) Sales and Marketing (O) Leading People (O) Events management (O) Level 5 Personal Professional Development 2 (M) Work Related Learning (M) Entrepreneurship (M) Business Finance (M) Logistics and Supply Chain Management (O) Developing Collaborative Relationships (O) Digital Technologies (O) Teaching & assessment If students feel they need any additional learning support during their programme this can be arranged through the College Learning Support Service. PLC referrals can be made by the course team or requested by the student, this also applies to the academic support tutor. Placement During level 5 students are expected to undertake work placement, in the first instance this should be arranged by the student with support from tutors. All students will complete work placement as part of their Work Related Learning modules and reflect on their development as part of their experiences. Industry links The programme has been designed inline with industry intelligence. All modules have been approved by employers and where possible visits/guest speakers will be arrange to enhance learning experiences. Entry Criteria 3 GCSE passes at Grade C or above, including Maths and English or equivalent Minimum of 32 UCAS Tariff Points (80 UCAS on previous tariff) Level 3 Accredited Business Qualification An Access to Higher Education course (which includes a business related programme). Students studying the part time provision must be in suitable relevant full time employment. IELTS score of 5.5 Additional entry criteria Students with non-standard qualifications are welcome to apply. This includes students with qualifications in non-business management-related areas at level 3 and those students without level 3 qualifications but with employer references that can support an application with any relevant working experience. Students will be asked to attend an interview to determine suitability for the programme. Progression opportunities On successful completion of this programme, you will have the opportunity to progress directly onto the BA (Hons) Management (Top-up) programme at New College Durham, or a similar top-up degree at another college or university. [-]

FdA Events Management

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Durham

This course is designed to help you progress within the event industry. There is an ever increasing range of employment opportunities and career prospects for well qualified and motivated people. This course is designed to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of the event industry, together with developing knowledge of specialist areas within the industry. [+]

The event industry is a growth area that spans local, national and international activities in a diverse range of fields such as business conferences, major sporting events and regionally based tourism events such as the food festivals and Christmas markets. This course is designed to help you progress within the event industry. There is an ever increasing range of employment opportunities and career prospects for well qualified and motivated people. This course is designed to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of the event industry, together with developing knowledge of specialist areas within the industry. Employability is a key component of the course as it enables you to develop new skills and learn about developments within event management. We have a wide range of links with industry both local, national and internationally and we work hard to ensure that these are reflected in the course in visits, guest speakers, work placements and any other opportunities to ensure the ‘real world’ is brought into sessions. You will develop your skills in diverse aspects such as IT, communication, time management, team work, research and problem solving skills as well as an opportunity to explore the diverse and global event industry. Level: 4 and 5 Credit Value: 120 Awarded by: New College Durham Location: New College Durham Course Learning Outcomes: 4.1 Examine the industry, the nature of organisations within the industry and the wider environment that the sector operates in. 4.2 Understand and apply management principles and practice within the sector. 4.3 Understand the nature and importance of transferable skills and qualities necessary for employment in the sector. 4.4 Appreciate the different methods of communication required to work in the industry 5.1 1Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the established principles and practice of management in the chosen sector. 5.2 Effectively apply underlying concepts and principles associated with management 5.3 Understand the skills and abilities for management and appreciate new competences that will enable you to assume significant responsibility within organisations. 5.4 Evaluate the skills associated with management practice including those requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision making. Aim/Objectives: The overall aim of the programme is: To meet the employment and academic needs of the sector with appropriately trained and qualified potential employees for operational, technical and managerial levels as well as allowing students the opportunity to progress to an appropriate Level 6 top up Degree Educational Objectives: At the end of the programme student will be able to demonstrate at Foundation Degree level that they have: Knowledge of the principles and practices of the sectors. Knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of business management. An understanding of the environment in which organisations in the sector operate. Acquired a range of skills relevant to their professional and academic achievement Analysed the principles that apply to selected specialist fields of study applicable to the sector. Examined the principles of management in a work based environment Managed a research based project Practiced the professional skills required of employees in the sector working towards higher technical and managerial roles. Modules studied Level 4 PPD1 WRL1 Introduction to Event Management Sales and Marketing in Event Management Financial Management in Event Management Organisational Behaviour in Event Management Level 5 PPD 2 WRL2 Health and Safety, Security and Risk Management for Events Logistical Planning for Events Running a Live Event Enterprise Project Teaching and Learning: A wide range of teaching and learning methods appropriate to the nature of the student profile will be used across the modules. At Level 4, the teaching and learning strategies used include formal lectures, group activities, case studies, discussion and role-play. These place emphasis on the development of knowledge, understanding and analysis, and tutors will encourage the application of these to the workplace through the use of work related examples and case studies. At Level 5, the teaching and learning strategies used by tutors will continue to develop the higher order intellectual skill of analysis but the focus will be on the development of evaluation and synthesis, through the use of a variety of mechanisms, particularly through the use of an Research Project. Independent learning will be encouraged and supported by the use of NCD Online to enable students to enhance their classroom learning, their wider reading and access to information. At Level 4, these activities will be more tutor led and at Level 5 students will be expected to undertake more independent learning. In addition at Level 5, students will undertake an event related work placement. The student profile will consist of students both in recent education and those involved in any of the sectors, some of whom may have been away from formal learning for a period of time. Therefore, the Foundation Degree incorporates features to support students specifically throughout the programme. A key part of professional and personal development is the undertaking of a range of self-assessment activities at the start of the programme to allow the individual student, with help from the course team, to plan their learning. The teaching team will draw on the results of these initial activities to ensure all learning styles are captured. The activities involved in completing the Personal and Professional Development are designed to encourage students to take an active role in both their learning and their professional development, and the exercises and reflections contained within will enable learners to understand and link their own self-development to the module specific outcomes and content. The portfolio will be completed in various stages throughout both levels of the course. Students will participate in one to one and group tutorials, and wider learning will be supported by guest speakers from industry related organisations. A student can normally expect to receive a variety of learning mechanisms including taught sessions, academic tutorials, pastoral tutorials, academic workshops, guided study, learning content via the virtual learning environment NCD Online, educational visits (including international), guest speakers, the College’s Business Society activities, work placement and support in the work place. All students will complete generic modules at Level 4 and then follow the Event Management pathway at Level 5. Contact time / Independent Learning: Learning time includes both contact time and private, independent study. The typical student is expected to undertake 200 hours of learning time to achieve the learning required for 20 credits. Other contact time is for both academic and pastoral support. Assessment Formative assessment is integral to the learning experience of the students on this programme (as indicated in the individual module specifications), for example, at Level 4 in the ‘Understanding People in Organisations’ module, formative assessment will include role-play, discussion and a written report which gives students a taste of the expectations and requirements for overall module success. Also at Level 4 in the ‘Financial Management’ module, formative assessment will include mock examinations in preparation for the summative examination, as well as developing examination techniques. At Level 5, a range of summative assessment methods including research projects, group tasks, presentations and written reports are used to provide a varied and robust process. The variation of summative assessment methods at both Levels 4 and 5 were chosen by the course team to reflect the range of practical skills which students will need to demonstrate within the workplace. Assessment of the modules will also be used as vehicles to assess the various key/transferable skills. The inclusion of practical based assessment throughout the programme is in place to reflect the practical nature of many of the jobs to which graduates may progress. The assessments used will be internally moderated by the course team and then verified by the External Examiner before being issued to students in order to ensure clarity, and coverage of all module learning outcomes. Students are provided with an assessment schedule to allow them to plan their study around work and home commitments. A sample of work is second marked internally and then submitted to the External Examiner to verify and check for fairness and consistency. The course team recognises that assessment is an integral component of student development and so students will be provided with individual written and oral feedback which includes areas for development. Student self-reflection within their Personal and Professional Development (PPD) portfolio encourages them to consider the feedback and what they can do to improve their own performance. Entry Criteria To gain entry to the programme, a student must satisfy the standard or non-standard entry requirements to the course. Candidates with non-standard entry requirements will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience and attainment of skills, which demonstrate an ability to study at this level. Given the wide experience of potential applicants to this course, applications for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Experiential Learning (APEL) are welcomed in accordance with the College FDAP Academic Regulations. However, these must be discussed as part of the admissions process, as once a student is registered to a progamme APL/APEL may not be considered for approval. Standard Entry criteria: At least 3 GCSE passes at Grade C or above, including Maths & English or appropriate Key/Functional Skills, and A minimum of 80 UCAS Credits/or industrial experience and either key or functional skill English at Level 2 What if I don'’t hold these qualifications? Non-standard entry criteria: Students with non-standard qualifications will be required to complete a written assessment activity. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL): If you have previously studied on a similar award and have gained higher education credit at an equivalent level it may be possible to take this into account to gain exemptions from one or more modules. Progression opportunities A Foundation Degree constitutes the first two Levels (4 & 5) of a higher education qualification. Students may wish to progress to a Level 6 award as a ‘top up’ to their qualification: ordinarily progression would be direct to an Honours Degree and the first two Levels would be accepted as accreditation of prior learning (APL). Some higher educational institutions however may require additional study prior to progression onto their Level 6 qualification to ensure the student has the relevant knowledge and skills to enter that named award. The following is a guide to awards identified at the time of this course being validated, as suitable higher qualifications that students may wish to apply to for progression opportunities: Internal progression BA (Hons) in Event Management at New College Durham External progression At the time of writing, a range of Level 6 top up degrees were available, examples are: Events Management related: University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, Loughborough College, Manchester Metropolitan University, Newcastle College, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Staffordshire. [-]

FdSc Computing with Networking

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Durham

Information Technology and Web-based solutions are an integral part of all business types including public sector, private sector, public companies, retail and education. All companies, large and small, are affected by the by use of IT both to trade and to support the business. [+]

Information Technology and Web-based solutions are an integral part of all business types including public sector, private sector, public companies, retail and education. All companies, large and small, are affected by the by use of IT both to trade and to support the business. The Foundation Degree in Applied Business Computing is aimed at students who want to develop their skills and knowledge of computer systems to develop and support web-based and commercial systems in all types of businesses to an advanced level. At least one third of the modules in this foundation degree are devoted specifically to web-based and e-skills, with the remainder focusing on generic/commercial systems. Work placement can provide further opportunities for students to develop their chosen specialism skills. Level: 4 and 5 Credit Value: 120 Awarded by: New College Durham Venue: New College Durham Studying This programme aims to develop individuals wishing to progress to skilled technical and support level positions in website development, internet systems operations and technical website database support, along with the management and development of an e-business operation. Opportunities are available to obtain professional advanced qualifications from the British Computer Society. At the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate, at foundation degree level, that they have: Knowledge of the generic principles and practice in relation to how web based and commercial systems are developed and how they support the Business and IT Sector Understanding the characteristics of different organisations and the technical and economic environments in which they operate and the challenges that they face Acquired and applied a range of advanced technical skills relevant to web based and commercial computer systems, integrated with work-related experience A substantial work placement element is involved in year 2. With both year 1 and year 2 additional study outside of college is required. Entry Criteria Standard Entry Criteria: At least 3 GCSEs at grade C or above, normally including Maths & English (or appropriate Functional Skills at Level 2 and IT related subjects; and a minimum of 120 UCAS Credits generated from A Level/AS Level, BTEC/GNVQ/NVQ at Level 3; and to successfully complete an interview with the programme team. You may be asked to complete an IT skills audit test. Entry requirements may vary for those with relevant experience. Applicants must provide a personal statement and attend an interview. Non-standard entry criteria: A personal statement must be provided; attend a successful interview with a member of the team; an IT audit test (if applicable). Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) If you have previously studied on a similar award and have gained higher education credit at an equivalent level it may be possible to take this into account to gain exemptions from one or more modules. Progression opportunities A foundation degree constitutes the first two levels (4 & 5) of a higher education qualification. Students may wish to progress to a Level 6 award as a ‘top up’ to their qualification: ordinarily progression would be direct to an Honours Degree and the first two levels would be accepted as accreditation of prior achievement (APA). Sometimes students join an existing programme at year 3 but some institutions have developed specific top-up Honours programmes. Some HEIs may require additional study prior to progression onto their Level 6 qualification to ensure the student has the relevant knowledge and skills to enter that named award. There are Honours programmes at all of the local HEIs that will consider students from this foundation degree, or indeed throughout the UK. [-]