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Professional Courses

Our business and professional courses are ideal if you're looking to gain relevant work-related qualifications which will not only enhance your exsisting experience, but will allow you to achieve those all important career goals. 

A professional qualification will ensure that your are fully equipped with the vital skills and knowledge needed to progress in your career. Studying for your professional qualification at St Helens College will not only help you to receive recognition from your employer, but will provide you with the oppourtunity to develop new contacts by studying alongside like-minded professionals.  

Our chartered certified courses include:
  • Accounting (AAT & CIMA)
  • Human Resources (CIPD)
  • Business (Edexcel)
  • Management (CMI)
  • Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
  • Logistics and Transport (CILT)
All of our business and professional courses are accredited industry-recognised awarding bodies.

Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma (HNC/HND)

If you're not sure that you want to study for a full degree, you might want to consider an HND or an HNC. These qualifications can be completed around your busy working life, offering a flexible learning approach and can provide an excellent pathway to obtaining an undergraduate qualification.  

  • A Higher National Certificate (HNC) takes one year to complete on a full-time basis, or two years on a part-time basis. It is one level below an HND and is generally equivalent to the first year at university).
  • A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a work-related course, taking two years to complete on a full-time basis, or three to four years to complete on a part-time. Generally a HND is the equivalent to two years at university.

HNCs and HNDs are highly regarded by employers and are also accepted for entry onto many university degrees, often directly into the second or third year. Both qualifications comprise of Higher National units. They provide a pathway into a particular career, help improve job prospects, and can be a stepping stone onto a full degree programme. They are often studied part-time alongside employment. You can even choose 'top up' your HND or HNC with extra studies at a later date, in order to convert it to a full bachelor's degree.

Foundation Degrees (Fd)

A foundation degree is a vocational higher education qualification, which equates to the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree. These courses are a qualification in their own right and cover the levels of study known as levels 4 (year one) and 5 (year two).

Once you complete your foundation degree, you can choose to continue onto a top-up degree and gain a full Bachelor’s award (known as level 6 - Bachelor’s).

Foundation degrees are flexible in the way they are taught and you can study most of them on a part-time or full-time basis. They are focused on preparing you for the world of work, so you can expect plenty of work-based learning alongside your time in the lecture theatre.

BA or BA (Hons)

A Bachelor's or Honour's level qualification covers degrees with titles such as Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons), Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons), Bachelor of Engineering - BEng (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws - LLB (Hons). These are standard higher education qualifications recognised across the world.

The 'Hons' represents 360+ credits of study typically over three years full-time (longer if studied part-time) and often contains a substantial project or dissertation during the final year of study. The standard Bachelors is the equivalent to 300 credits usually omitting the project or dissertation in the final year.

You can 'top up' a HNC, HND or Foundation Degree to an Honours Degree through a period of additional study. This is usually the equivalent of one-year full time for HNDs and Foundation degrees or two years’ full time for a HNC.