At Merrist Wood College we offer a range of vocational qualifications designed to prepare you for your career, within a supportive environment.
Foundation Degrees (FdSc) integrate academic and work-based learning through close collaboration between employers and educational institutions. They are designed to meet the needs of industry and are supported by employers who want employees who can make an immediate contribution to their business. These are typically studied over 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time and are Level 5 qualifications. These are valid qualifications in their own right, however you could choose to top-up with one further year of study to achieve a BSc (Hons) Level 6 qualification if you wish.
Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and Higher National Certificates (HNCs)
HNDs and HNCs are vocational qualifications designed to develop practical and theoretical skills and knowledge in your chosen subject. They are highly valued by employers and can lead directly to employment in a specific area. Some HNCs can be used as entrance to the second year of a degree course and some HNDs allow direct entry to the third year.
Degrees are made up of different modules that combine to make the overall qualification, awarded as an ordinary Degree or Honours Degree following the completion of a dissertation or research project. At Guildford College we offer a number of progression or 'top up' degrees, so that with one more year full-time or two more years part-time after completing a Foundation Degree or HND, you can achieve a full Honours Degree.