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A personalised individual approach, small class sizes and academic support
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2 day full or part-time study options to suit your lifestyle
Craven College, Skipton is a great place to study – most importantly because our recent Higher Education Quality Review of our courses awarded us the highest possible rating, outperforming many major universities.

We are aware that new applicants and our existing students may have concerns about the delivery of their Higher Education courses in September due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. We want to reassure you that your application to study Higher Education at Craven College will not be affected and we are planning to deliver a high-quality learning experience whilst maintaining personal safety. 

At Craven College, the majority of our Higher Education courses have small cohorts that make it easy to socially distance. This year we are delivering a blend of face to face teaching and online live delivery supported by 1:1 Teams tutorials. We can assure you that this is a personalised experience for our students and has allowed students to question lecturers and take part in group activities even during lockdown. Students have also enjoyed online demos and sessions with industry experts. We hope to be back in College full time by September, but the plan remains flexible and will be constantly reviewed to follow ongoing government guidance.  

Supporting students through their learning is important at Craven.  During the lockdown period, students still receive 1:1 tutorials with teaching staff, have access to IT support and to remote meetings with study skills support staff and the Student Services Support Team. 

You can also keep in touch through our HE Facebook group and follow our HE Instagram account.

We look forward to meeting you and assure you that, whatever the Covid-19 situation, your learning will be a personalised and supported experience.

We offer HNC’s, Foundation Degrees with an option to convert them into a full honours degree at Craven College or another college/university. To ensure all of our courses are industry-relevant, we write them in consultation with employers and also add key employment skills such as time-management, ICT and numeracy into your programme.

Foundation Degrees last two years (full-time) though some courses offer a part-time study option over three years. It would then take a further year to convert your FD into an Honours Degree (full-time) or two years (part-time).

HNC’s (higher National Certificates) area nationally recognised vocational Level 4 qualification that combines practical experience and theoretical knowledge. Study for a further year would lead to an HND (Higher National Diploma) which is equivalent to a Foundation Degree.

Our Diploma in Education and Training Level 5 is the industry recognised qualification for teachers, lecturers and trainers in the post-16 Education and Training sector which includes Further Education, Adult and Community Learning and Work-Based Training.

In the course section of the website, you will find information about the range of courses on offer, what flexible learning options are available to you, funding, and more. To speak to a member of our team, or to start your journey towards gaining a HE qualification, contact 01756 791 411.

For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. Visit for more information.

The Open University

Craven College is partnered by The Open University as an approved organisation to offer Higher Education programmes leading to Open University validated awards.

Their support enables the local provision of Degrees to meet the aspirations of individuals and the needs of regional employers.

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Other Partnerships

Our HNCs are offered in collaboration with Edexcel, the UK’s largest awarding organisation. We also offer professional qualifications with these other awarding organisations:



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