College & University

Thinking about a degree?

School leavers with a sufficient number of UCAS points, e.g. those who have completed their A-levels (or equivalents like NVQ Level 3 or Highers in Scotland) can do degree courses in college and university. Degree courses can be either academic (e.g. philosophy) or vocational (e.g. supply chain) and last 1-4 years. Bachelor degree courses typically take 1-4 years to complete, followed by an optional master's degree. Students can also take a one-year foundation degree course which is useful to build skills and knowledge before committing to a particular field of study or business.

Employers value the knowledge and discipline that degree study involves. An increasing number of employers offer graduate schemes, internships and placements to help graduate students who have focused on further education to gain valuable work experience.

When choosing a degree course it helps to consider the college or university location, course modules, student living facilities, course expense and the reputation that the college or university has for your chosen field of study. Degree courses can also be done online via distance learning - you can explore Open University courses via Plotr's Course Finder.

Spotlight on: College

Colleges offer a range of courses which include post-16 A-levels or their equivalents, vocational qualifications (such as NVQ) and Higher Education.

University Technical Colleges are also available which combine traditional GCSEs and A-levels with specialist technical qualifications.

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