Safe attractive campuses
A personalised individual approach, small class sizes and academic support
High-quality tuition and industry experience from our tutors
A commitment to helping you achieve your career goals
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.

Skipton itself was famously voted The Independent Britain’s Happiest Place [source: Office of National Statistics 2017]. Maybe that’s due to the growing number of festivals, for example, Oktoberfest, Gin, Beer, Yarndale, Puppet, Waterways, Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival.

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 combine practical experience and theoretical knowledge. Study for a further year would lead to a 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:



Higher York

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