Boost your career options with a higher education course at Bournemouth & Poole College

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Bournemouth & Poole College is encouraging aspiring students to consider enrolling on one of its undergraduate courses.

The College, which has sites based in Lansdowne in Bournemouth and North Road in Poole, offers a range of HNCs (Higher National Certificates) and HNDs (Higher National Diplomas). The vocational higher education courses aim to enable people to learn the skills needed by employers and improve career prospects and earning potential. For students starting in September 2020, the College is accepting application for HNCs in visual effects and digital film production, music, graphic design, art, photography, engineering and the built environment. Students are mainly assessed through projects and practical assignments and on completion of the course, they can progress in existing job roles or use their new qualification as a stepping stone to change careers.

Kate Howes, learning manager for higher education at Bournemouth & Poole College, said: “HNCs and HNDs are well recognised by employers and offer a more flexible and cheaper way to gain valuable skills and training. They appeal to both young people who are looking for an alternative to a full degree, and mature students who are looking for new career opportunities, but may not be able to commit to a long period of study. Student success rates are excellent and we believe that these qualifications really can transform lives.”

Kate added that adults looking for a career change can take advantage of loans for Access to HE courses if they do not have the required level 3 qualifications or lack confidence in their academic ability. In most cases, the loans do not have to be repaid if the student successfully completes a higher-level course.

Carole Brown, learning manager for business and finance at Bournemouth & Poole College, chose to study a HNC and HND in business management to enable a change of career. She said: “I’d previously studied and worked in accounting, but decided that I wanted a complete career change. The HNC enabled me to work 30 hours a week while studying, and it offered a nice breadth of units to study, which kept it interesting. I chose the HNC and HND courses as it gave me more opportunities than a foundation degree would have when it came to considering a top-up year at university.”

Bournemouth & Poole College is home to around 12,000 students from across the region, the rest of the UK and around the world. It is the largest provider of further education and apprenticeships in the area.

The College offers a vast array of full-time and part-time courses, and has built working relationships with over 2,000 employers, local schools, local government and community groups.

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