Aspire, Progress and Succeed with Higher Education courses at Fareham College

Are you looking for a local and cost-effective alternative to university? Whether you are already employed and want to progress in your career or want to branch out and study a new subject, Fareham College will support you in achieving your Higher Education ambition. By completing your qualification at Fareham College, you will benefit from outstanding facilities and teaching while paying significantly less to achieve your goals. Many of our study programmes are affiliated with leading Universities across the region, ensuring our students maintain access to top-level research and resources.

Why Choose to study Higher Education at Fareham College?

Fareham College provides a friendly and supportive learning environment with a range of benefits.

Lower Tuition Fees

Undergraduate study programmes at Fareham College are significantly cheaper than those offered at traditional Universities, which charge up to £9,250. At Fareham College our study programmes cost up to a maximum of £6,000, BA(Hons) qualification, so you can ensure you are getting value for money.

Flexible Study Options

We offer a variety of ways in which to achieve your higher education qualification. A large percentage of our students are either employed, self-employed or working parents alongside their study. Many of our degree pathways are separated into individual years and course areas ensuring students can decide on the correct pathway to higher qualifications for them.

Smaller Class Sizes

Students at Fareham College benefit from a personalised approach to teaching and learning. Class sizes are controlled, ensuring the ratio of lecturer to student remains low. As a result, learners are understood on an individual basis with specialist support to achieve their ambitions.

Location and Convenience

Fareham College is conveniently located with a wealth of transportation options to the local area and beyond. The Bishopsfield Road Campus is located a 10-minute walk from Fareham Train Station with local bus routes feeding Lee-on-the-Solent for CEMAST and CETC. There is also ample parking on site.

Progression Programmes

Higher Education programmes at Fareham College are designed to support progression from a Level 3 or a T Level course to a complete undergraduate qualification and beyond. Many students continue to pursue Masters or PhDs following their time here, a direct result of outstanding teaching and personalised support. Furthermore, students in certain study programmes are supported to enter the second or third year of complementary courses at partner Universities, allowing them to ‘top-up’ their qualifications.

Industry-led Facilities

Fareham College continues to invest in the learning environment across all three campuses. Teaching staff ensure excellence in practice by using industry-leading technology and collaborating with University partners and recognised employers.

Higher Education Levels Explained

Level 3 Access

Access to Higher Education is a level 3 qualification designed to support learners to achieve the necessary entry requirements to study for an undergraduate qualification. Aimed at students who would like to complete a degree but currently do not have the necessary pre-requisites, we offer Access programmes with a Health or Science pathway in person or online.

Level 4 – Higher National Certificates (HNC)

HNCs are one or two-year study programmes designed to support students to develop and expand existing skills from a Level 3 (A Level, T Level, BTEC or Access qualification). Students can progress onto a Higher National Diploma (Level 5) qualification. Level 4 qualifications also form part of a Foundation Degree, which consists of two years of study (Level 4 being the first year and Level 5 being the second). Foundation Degrees (FdSc) carry the same weight as two-thirds of a Bachelor’s degree.

Level 5 – Higher National Diploma (HND)

HNDs are one or two-year study programmes that focus on advancing practical and theoretical knowledge. These are the equivalent of the second year of a Bachelor’s degree. Level 5 qualifications also form part of a Foundation Degree, which consists of two years of study (Level 4 being the first year and Level 5 being the second). Foundation Degrees (FdSc) carry the same weight as two-thirds of a Bachelor’s degree.

Level 6 – Bachelor’s Degree

The Level 6 Honours degree is the most common and widely studied undergraduate qualification. Achieving a BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), Bed, LLB or BEng qualification typically takes three to four years. It is also possible to complete a Foundation Degree and ‘top-up’ to achieve a full undergraduate qualification.

NVQs and HTQs

National Vocation Qualifications (NVQ) and Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQ) are alternative forms of higher education study available from Level 4 to Level 6 providing technical, competence-based qualifications.

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You don’t have to go to university to achieve a Higher Education (HE) qualification.

Student Experience

Don’t just take our word for it. Learn more about our Higher Education provision from current students and alumni.

Higher Technical Qualifications

 Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQ) are Level 4 and 5 qualifications that sit between A/T Level and Degrees. They have been developed in partnership with awarding bodies, employers and businesses to ensure learners get the specific training, knowledge and skills they need for their chosen careers. 

University Partnerships

Many of our higher education programmes are validated through leading universities across the region ensuring students benefit from access to course-specific resources and high-level research. Certain programmes also offer a progression route, such as direct entry to the second year of an undergraduate qualification following a HNC or further study with a Masters or PhD.

Contact us

Our Careers Centre Team are here to support you. Contact us by telephone on 01329 815200 or email at

Please note: We will accept a student transfer from a Higher Education course provided by a UK Higher Education provider to the same/different Higher Education course provided by Fareham College with the appropriate prior attainment. This will be reviewed in line with our Recognised Prior Learning Policy. Likewise, Fareham College will provide evidence of any Higher Education study undertaken, or a level of achievement on a course prior to leaving, to any student transferring from a Fareham College Higher Education course to another UK Higher Education provider.