We already have a strong reputation for further education but did you know that over a hundred people each year study for a higher education (HE) qualification with us? There are four different options – foundation degrees, HNC/HNDs, degrees and professional qualifications – with many of our courses validated by the leading higher education institutions in Wales.

We have recently opened a bespoke Higher Education Centre at the Tycoch campus. This is specially designed for students on higher level courses and comprises six new classrooms, a library and common room area.

If you have any questions about studying a HE course at Gower College Swansea, please contact our dedicated HE admissions hotline on 01792 284098.

Information on Graduation 2019

Why study HE with us?

  1. Better career prospects

  2. Flexible delivery

  3. Industry-experienced lecturers

  4. Vocationally-focused

  5. Chance to top-up to honours degree

  6. Smaller class sizes

  1. Strong links to industry

  2. Plenty of support

  3. Save time and money

  4. University validation

  5. Dedicated HE Centre

  6. Work placement opportunities


You can apply for a part time HE course through the college. If the course you’re interested in is full time and has a UCAS reference number, you need to go through the UCAS website.

Terms and conditions for students accepting course offers through UCAS.

This applies to students who are holding a Firm offer from Gower College Swansea. If you have an Insurance offer, these terms and conditions would apply from the point at which your first choice application has been rejected and your status has changed to Firm offer.

Terms and conditions University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
Terms and conditions University of South Wales.
Terms and conditions University of Gloucestershire.


For academic year 2019/20 applications, tuition fees depend on the course you want to study so have a look at the course card carefully. For full time courses, a tuition fee loan can be taken out to cover the full tuition fee. Welsh domiciled students will receive a maintenance grant of between £1,000 and £8,100 which is means tested. Additional maintenance loans are available. The maximum maintenance support available is a combination of grants and loans to a maximum of £9,000. For students living at home, the maximum amount of maintenance support is £7,650. The maintenance grant doesn’t have to be repaid. You only pay back the tuition fee and maintenance loans once you start earning £25,000 or over. You can also receive up to £1,000 College bursary for full time higher education courses. Please see individual course cards for details.

For full information on all the financial support that is available and how to apply visit http://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

Further information can be found on these guidance notes.


This all depends on the level and type of course you want to study. We’ve put the entry requirements on the individual course information.

Higher Education explained

[Three different routes]

Foundation Degrees

Foundation Degrees are degree level qualifications that combine academic study with work place learning. Designed in association with employers, they are qualifications to equip people with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to achieve academic results as well as improve performance and productivity in the work place. Foundation degrees focus on a particular job or profession. They are intended to increase the professional and technical skills of current or potential staff within a profession, or intending to go into that profession. They are the equivalent of two thirds of a full honours degree and a fully flexible qualification allowing students to study part time or full-time to fit their lifestyle. A full time foundation degree will usually take about two years to complete, and part time courses may take longer, and there is an option to top up to a full honours degree at the end. This normally takes an extra year.


Higher National Certificates (HNC)/Higher National Diplomas (HND) are work related courses usually designed to prepare students for a specific career. Unlike many degrees, they are vocationally focused and can therefore lead straight to a career. They’re also a great stepping stone to a higher qualification and can be ‘topped up’ to convert to a bachelor’s degree. The HNC is one level below a HND and generally equivalent to the first year of university. A HND is equivalent to the second year of university. A full time HNC takes one year to complete (two years part time) while the HND takes two years to complete when studying full time (three to four years part time).

Professional Qualifications

Professional qualifications are specifically linked to certain career choices and recognised by the relevant professional bodies (such as the CMI, CIM, CIPD). Professional certification proves that someone has the knowledge, experience and skills to perform a specific job, and has achieved a recognised level of competence. Obtaining a professional qualification can offer rewards such as entry into a chosen career area, promotion or an increase in salary.

Left school without qualifications?
Fancy a career change?

It’s still possible to go to university, even if you don’t have the traditional qualifications. Sign up for one of our Access to Higher Education courses and you’re one step closer.
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Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university. It’s designed for those who would like to study in higher education but who left school without qualifications such as A Levels or went straight into the workplace and now fancy a career change. Access courses attract a diverse range of students and there’s no maximum age limit. Once completed, the diploma is held in the same standing as A Levels. Access courses are generally tailored as pathways; they prepare students with the necessary skills and imbue the appropriate knowledge required for a specific undergraduate career. For example, there are 'access to law', 'access to social welfare’ and 'access to nursing' pathways.