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.
Why study HE with us?
Better career prospects
Chance to top-up to honours degree
Smaller class sizes
Strong links to industry
Plenty of support
Save time and money
Dedicated HE Centre
Work placement opportunities
Funding for HE courses
If you are thinking of applying for a HE course you will need to find out about your funding options
Student finance information for academic year 2020-2021
Whether studying a Higher Education course on a full or part time basis, you could be eligible for loans and/or grants to help with your expenses.
Students with disabilities or additional learning needs
If you have a disability or additional learning need, you might be able to get extra financial help.
As part of the application process you will need to attend a needs assessment meeting, the outcome of which will be forwarded to the College on your behalf. The assessment will take place at your local needs assessment centre e.g. Swansea University.
If you have any queries about the process, your Gower College Swansea contact is Ceri Low, Learning Support Coordinator, on 01792 284237 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Part time students
You could be eligible for a Welsh Government Learning Grant and/or a maintenance loan to help with your part time course
Students with children or adult dependants
Find out if you are eligible for extra funding support if you have children or an adult who depends on you financially
Help with transport costs
Our HE students can purchase a bus pass which can be used to get to and from College and can also be used on evenings and weekends on First Cymru buses.
The bus pass is valid from September to the end of June only for Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthen areas and costs £300
Instalment plan (with an administration charge of £15)
- Instalment 1 - £165
- Instalment 2 - £150 post- dated cheque for 06/01/21
Bus passes can be purchased from Student Services after enrolment.
Gower College Swansea bursary
The College awards a bursary in each year for all full time HE students studying on a programme which is franchised from a HEI. For all courses franchised from a University the bursary is £1000 per year. For all courses validated by a University the bursary is £500 per year.
If waiting for your student funding causes you hardship please let your course tutor/programme leader know asap. If you meet the set criteria, you could be able to access the student hardship fund.
Higher Education explained
[Three different routes]
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 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?
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.