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Higher Education

Higher Education means courses at Level 4 and above. This includes Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, and Foundation Degrees. Our College has close links with employers to ensure you gain the skills and experience to progress into employment within your chosen industry.

We also have a progression agreement with local Universities, allowing you to enter the final year of a Degree programme after the completion of a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma with us.

Higher National Certificates & Diplomas (HNCs & HNDs) are Higher Education level courses - they are University level vocational qualifications designed to give you specialist knowledge in your chosen field. Foundation degrees are the equivalent to the first 2 years of a Degree and combine vocational and academic study - they can be ‘topped up’ with a final year at University to convert into a full degree.

Our H.E. courses are more affordable than you might think. With nothing to pay upfront, you will only have to pay back your tuition fee loan once you are earning a minimum of £25,000. For example, if you were earning £26,000 per year the repayment on a tuition fee loan might work out at just £7.50 per month. Click here to find out more.​

We offer a Progression Pledge to our Level 3 students. If you successfully complete your course with ABB or equivalent grades, we guarantee you the offer of a place on an appropriate Higher Education course with us. This is subject to a satisfactory interview, reference and application.  

Important Information

Please note that to ensure students get the best experience possible, our Higher Education courses will run subject to numbers. If we are unable to meet our minimum threshold, we will aim to direct you to a provider who has a similar offer. Please also ensure you are familar with our HE Terms and Conditions before you apply.

Please click the course links below for more information on Higher Education courses at City of Westminster College. Apply for any of these courses by clicking the APPLY button on the course page.

If you are aged 19 or over and do not meet the entry requirements for Higher Education study at City of Westminster College then a 1 year Access to HE Diploma may be right for you. Our Access to H.E. Diploma courses are accredited by the Open College Network (London Region). These courses are designed for adults, who have previously missed opportunities to gain academic qualifications, so you do not need specific qualifications to get onto a course. You must be 19 years or over at the start of the course and committed to studying intensively. You must also demonstrate aptitude for this level of study by gaining satisfactory results in entry tests in literacy and, where relevant, numeracy.

Access to H.E. courses will equip you with high levels of motivation to move on to further study at University level. The College is proud of the many students who have succeeded in winning places at University – some with scholarships. Access to H.E. courses are Level 3 courses and are equivalent to courses like A-levels or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas.


 Access to H.E. Diplomas