Higher Education

Higher Education means courses at Level 4 and above. This includes Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, and Foundation Degrees. Our College has close links with employers to ensure you gain the skills and experience to progress into employment within your chosen industry.

We also have a progression agreement with local Universities, allowing you to enter the final year of a Degree programme after the completion of a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma with us.

Higher National Certificates & Diplomas (HNCs & HNDs) are Higher Education level courses - they are University level vocational qualifications designed to give you specialist knowledge in your chosen field. Foundation degrees are the equivalent to the first 2 years of a Degree and combine vocational and academic study - they can be ‘topped up’ with a final year at University to convert into a full degree.

Our H.E. courses are more affordable than you might think. With nothing to pay upfront, you will only have to pay back your tuition fee loan once you are earning a minimum of £25,725. For example, if you were earning £26,000 per year the repayment on a tuition fee loan might work out at just £7.50 per month. Click here to find out more.

We offer a Progression Pledge to our Level 3 students. If you successfully complete your course with ABB or equivalent grades, we guarantee you the offer of a place on an appropriate Higher Education course with us. This is subject to a satisfactory interview, reference and application.  

Important Information

Please note that to ensure students get the best experience possible, our Higher Education courses will run subject to numbers. If we are unable to meet our minimum threshold, we will aim to direct you to a provider who has a similar offer. Please also ensure you are familiar with our HE Terms and Conditions before you apply. Please click the following link to see our United Colleges Group Access Statement and a further link to our HE Student Protection Plan 2019/20

The College of North West London has successfully delivered Higher Education qualifications for many years, working with respected universities and thousands of students over this time. With employers expecting career-focused qualifications, and the increasing costs of studying at university, more students are choosing to take HE courses with us.

Our range of HE courses is based in subjects where the College has specialist expertise and facilities. So if you are thinking of advancing your career with an HE course, why not take a look at what CNWL can offer you?

Quality Assurance Agency 



Applications for all HE courses are made through UCAS.

Office of the Independent Adjudicator
Higher Education courses in colleges are within the remit of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA). The OIA is an independent body set up to review student complaints. Free to students, the OIA deals with individual complaints against Higher Education Providers in England and Wales. The OIA website can be found here 

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The College of North West London is a constituent college of the United Colleges Group. The United Colleges Group was formed from the merger of City of Westminster College and the College of North West London. Whilst our courses are provided by our constituent colleges, some access providers such as UCAS and the Student Loans Company, we may be registered as the United Colleges Group. 

For more information on Higher Education courses, please click on the links below.

Course Suitable for Categories
Foundation Degree in Computing (Full Time) Adults H.E. Courses
Foundation Degree in Computing (Part time) Adults (Part-time) H.E. Courses
HNC in Computing Adults H.E. Courses
HNC in Computing (Part time) Adults (Part-time) H.E. Courses
HND in Computing (Full time) Adults, H.E. Students H.E. Courses
Level 4 (RQF) Higher National Certificate in Construction And The Built Environment (Civil Engineering) Adults H.E. Courses
Level 4 (RQF) Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment (Construction pathway) Adults H.E. Courses
Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction And The Built Environment (Building Services Engineering) Adults H.E. Courses