Higher Education

Higher Education

Study your way.
Choose a Higher Education course with NHC

Are you looking to study for a degree, but you’re not sure if you’re ready for university? Or maybe your personal circumstances or the financial burden are holding you back? Look no further than a degree on your doorstep from NHC.

Our HE courses are flexible, allowing you to fit your study around personal commitments or a part-time job. Enjoy university-quality learning developed in consultation with employers, without the high cost. Whether you are looking to progress from a Level 3 qualification or looking for a stepping stone to University, we are here to help, support and guide you on your journey.

Plus, 95% of our HE graduates progress to employment or further study – that’s 3.6% above the national average.

Extended Degrees

A one-year course that sets you up with all the essential skills and knowledge you need to go on to study for a full Bachelor’s degree.

Foundation Degree

A two-year course involving practical work that prepares you for degree-level study. These qualifications can even be used to help break you into your dream career!

HNDs and HNCs

Higher National Degrees and Certificates which helps you study at higher education level in stages. Once you finish this course, it’s possible for you to from these courses to complete a full bachelor’s degree at university, either through a specific top-up course or by directly entering a degree in year three.

Choose an Access course

Not got the qualifications yet to progress to one of our HE courses? Don’t worry. We have a range of intensive one-year courses aimed at students over 19 years of age. We will help you find your path with pre-Access and Access courses to your preferred HE course.

If you are over 23, you may not have to pay anything upfront. An Advanced Learner Loan may be available to you. If you complete the course and your degree, the loan for Access may be wiped. Find out if you are eligible here.


We don’t demand any formal qualifications for commencing an Access to HE course at NHC but we do need to make sure that your literacy and numeracy skills are sufficiently developed to cope with the demands of the course.

Thinking of studying for a health-related degree? The NHS has you covered. Take a look at what financial support is available here.

How do I apply?

To apply for one of NHC’s Higher Education degree courses, you’ll need to go through the UCAS website using the course codes which you can find in the course description. For Access to HE courses, please apply directly through the NHC website – just click on the course profiles for more information!

Download the HE Prospectus

Accommodation information

If you’re planning on studying on one of NHC’s Higher Education courses, you may be able to apply for accommodation so that you can move closer to the College. There are a range of options available to help you find the one that’s right for you, whether that’s through the University of Hertfordshire’s student accommodation or elsewhere!

More information

For more information on our HE courses please contact us at HEadmin@nhc.ac.uk or check out the UCAS advisor widget here.

You can view our Higher Education policies here

Find out more about the NHC Higher Education experience

Case Study: The Stairs To Success With Access To HE

Bennard Boateng is a former North Hertfordshire College Access to HE student, who has excelled in his education and career as a result of the qualifications, support, and encouragement his studies gave him. Now, Bennard has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations!

Read more about Bennard’s experience