Introduction to HE

Higher Education at Kidderminster College

At Kidderminster College, we offer a range of higher education (university level) courses, providing a programme of specialist vocational learning, to ensure you have the chance to study higher level qualifications without the associated costs of moving away.

In addition, we have an excellent reputation for promoting university level courses by organising visits to local and national universities and higher education colleges. We can also help with your UCAS application form and personal statements.

With their strong emphasis on developing practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding of the sector, Higher National Diplomas are recognised and valued internationally by employers.


What is a Higher National Diploma (HND)?

A Higher National Diploma is an internationally recognised Level 5 vocational qualification alternative to degree level learning. A Higher National Diploma is equivalent to a second year of university and can be converted in o an Honours Degree with additional study at a university.



For information about our fees, please see our access agreements:

NCG Access Agreement 2016-2017

NCG Access Agreement 2017-2018

NCG Access Agreement 2018-2019


*You should expect to pay tuition fees for every year in attendance and be aware these fees may increase annually. On the basis of current government guidance any increase is unlikely to exceed the increase in inflation by reference to the Retail Price Index (RPI).



Notes & Documents:

2017-18 – Complaints Policy and Procedure

2018-19 – KC HE Public Information Implementation Strategy

2018-19 – KC Student Agreement (TC)

HE Academic Appeal Flowchart

HE Student Appeal Pro Forma

Academic Misconduct Procedure and Process

Mitigation Guide GU14 2016

NCG IT Acceptation Use Policy (AUP)

How long does it take to complete a Higher National Diploma?

Full Time – Two years

Part time – Four years

How are Higher National Diplomas assessed?

Higher National Diplomas are mainly assessed through assignments, projects and practical tasks that you complete throughout the course, not via exams. However, this differs dependent upon the subject you choose to study. All work is externally verified.

Bursary Information

Kidderminster College New students (Full Time ONLY):

£1000 for students from POLAR 1&2 postcodes

£400 for all other students

Kidderminster College progression learners: £1000

This will be for all years the students study at Kidderminster College


An application form for bursaries can be collected from Learner Service, who will be able to advise further.