All our students are encouraged to aim higher, by progressing onto one of our Higher National Certificate and or Diploma courses. These qualifications provide specialist skills and knowledge, enabling students to enter employment at a more senior level. In some cases you will also be able to complete a final year ‘top up’ at university and receive a degree qualification.
Studying Higher Education at College means significantly cheaper fees than at university. Some students may have the option of paying in instalments and access to additional financial assistance via an education grant.
For some, East Surrey College is their local College, and further savings can made on both travel and living expenses, enabling more focus on study. For many of our students who are already in employment, studying Higher Education at East Surrey College is the ideal way for them to continue to earn a living whilst enhancing their career prospects.
Support Every Step of the Way
Studying Higher Education at a college often means you will get more out of your learning experience than if you were studying at a university. Our smaller classes, comprehensive support and access to individual tutors and resources, all add up to a more personal service, tailor-made to the individual.
Stepping Stone to University
Our range of Higher National Certificates and Diplomas are recognised qualifications in their own right and can lead to employment at a more senior level. They can also form the equivalent of the first or second year (respectively) of a full Honours Degree, which will enable many students to complete a final third year ‘top up’ at university.
Our Foundation Degrees are awarded by the University of Brighton - and are studied for the first two years at East Surrey College with progression on to a third year top-up at the University of Brightonto a full Honours Degree.
Higher Education in the Gatwick Diamond
East Surrey College is working with the University of Brighton and Central Sussex College to deliver relevant high quality education that meets the demanding needs of modern industry across a wide range of sectors. Click here to find out more and see the courses on offer.
Let's hear it from the Student
Imogen Hurrion is studying on the Foundation Degree in Business at East Surrey College. Currently in her first year of study Imogen is enjoying the course so far and feels that she’s learning a lot.
Imogen didn’t want to move away to university as she didn’t want to get into debt or live away from home. East Surrey College was the perfect solution as it was local and the qualification is part-time so she can work whilst studying at the same time, ensuring that she doesn’t get into debt.
“As university fees are increasing studying locally is an affordable option for students. The course is 1 evening per week and 1 Saturday per month, which allows students to work full-time and implement their skills as they learn them.”
“Another advantage of studying locally is that I am in a small class so there are good one-to-one opportunities. I feel that I can ask questions and I receive a high level of support.”
Imogen also commented on the various ways in which you are assessed on the course:
“Unlike some other Business degree programmes this course isn’t 100% exam based. We are assessed through group presentations, written reports and a portfolio as well as exams so it doesn’t come down to just one test.”