Craven College is a great place to study. Our recent Higher Education Quality Review awarded the College the highest possible rating and said that the College’s HE programmes were ‘good or excellent’. Our focus is you and your strengths and your aspirations.

The College offers both Foundation Degrees and Top-up or Progression Degrees. Foundation Degrees are well respected qualifications in their own right and develop specific expertise relevant to a particular sector of industry. Students spend the first two years at Craven College to attain a Foundation Degree, and then may have the option to top up their qualification to gain a full honours degree, either with us at Craven College or at an alternative institution. All our courses are industry relevant and current, written in consultation with employers and key industry partners. In addition to the key vocational content students also study key employment skills such as time-management, ICT and numeracy.

Foundation Degrees generally last two years (full time) though some courses offer a part time study option, these take three years to complete. If students stay on at the College for a top-up, they study a further year (full-time) or two years (part-time). The foundation degrees are similar to HNCs and HNDs but offer a more work focussed curriculum.

The College does also offer some HNCs in areas where it is more suitable. Pearson Edexcel BTEC Higher National Certificates (HNC) have been developed to focus on providing education and training for a range of vocational careers and offering a nationally recognised level 4 or 5 vocationally specific qualification.

For those wishing to train as teacher for post-16 students, the Ascentis Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is the ideal qualification. This diploma provides the widely recognised Level 5 teaching 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.

There are many advantages for students studying at Craven College.


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

A choice of full or part-time study options to suit your lifestyle

A bursary for those who already have a Degree or Higher Education qualification

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.

The College has an Access Agreement which details help available to students.

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

York St. John University

York St John University is highly respected in many areas of expertise and is committed to a strong partnership with the College. This partnership enables students to choose from a wider range of Degrees to enable progression in their future career.

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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