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Degrees and Foundation Degrees

University Centre Harlow provides an extensive range of higher education courses in state-of-the-art facilities. UCH enables local students to access cost-effective university education supported by highly experienced staff. All our degrees are validated by Anglia Ruskin University. More about UCH

  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2016

Access to Higher Education Diploma – Business

This course will help you understand the business environment and the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for you to progress further in the business world. Whenever possible term dates are in line with those of the Essex schools. We understand that many of our students have family commitments.

Mature students are valued for their life experiences, and an increasing number are entering higher education each year. Many are now pursuing new careers and seeing changes in their lives that they never thought possible.

  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: September 2016

Access To Higher Education Diploma – Business (Part-time)

This course will help you understand the business environment and the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for you to progress further in the business world. Whenever possible term dates are in line with those of the Essex schools. We understand that many of our students have family commitments.

Mature students are valued for their life experiences, and an increasing number are entering higher education each year. Many are now pursuing new careers and seeing changes in their lives that they never thought possible.

  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2016

Access to Higher Education Diploma – Health and Social Care

This course is for those who do not have the relevant experience or qualifications to progress to university. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a career in Health and Social Care. You will learn and apply the theoretical and practical knowledge required for working the Health and Care field. Many of our former students are now pursuing new careers and seeing changes in their lives they never thought possible.

  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2016

Access to Higher Education Diploma – Life Science

The Life Science pathway will show you that biology is both exciting and very relevant to our daily lives. The programme begins by helping you to understand the basic concepts of biology. You will learn about health and disease through existing medical research and in Term 2 you will carry out your own investigation in the laboratory. Alongside this you will learn core skills in IT, presentation and communication. This programme is challenging but also fun and extremely interesting too!

  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2016

Access to Higher Education Diploma – Nursing and Midwifery

Get on the fast track to a professional career in Midwifery or Nursing. If you want to go to university but don't yet have the necessary qualifications this course is for you. For adults who want a career in Nursing and Midwifery.

  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2016

Access to Higher Education Diploma – Social Science

This course will focus on sociology, which is the study of human behaviour. You will begin to ask questions such as: 'Why are human beings different from each other?' You will explore the answers by studying topics such as, Changing Family Patterns, Crime and Deviance, The Sociology of the Media and Social Policy.

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  • Level: 5
  • Study Mode: Full-time & Part-time
  • Start Date: October 2016

Bioscience (FdSc)

Develop the scientific knowledge and technical skills you need to build a rewarding career in the growing Bioscience sector. You will develop a detailed understanding of key biological processes and principles, together with the technical and scientific skills you’ll need to carry out investigations and interpret/report results in health or laboratory settings.

NOTE: This course requires a minimum enrolment of approximately 12 students to run.

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  • Level: 4-5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: October 2016

Bioscience BSc (Hons) (top-up with FdSc option)

The course covers a broad range of Biosciences (human physiology and disease, animal and plant biology and research skills) at a variety of scales (from atoms to ecosystems). A key feature is the interrelationship of the bioscience topics and the delivery by staff with industry and research experience. Relevant practical, mathematical and IT skills are utilised and developed throughout the course which are transferable to many other disciplines outside of science.

BSc (HONS) Bioscience Top-up Year (1 year)

The top up year gives the opportunity to extend the Bioscience FdSC into a fully recognised honours degree. Additional study in DNA and Gene manipulation, Medical Genetics and Cell biology build on the work covered by the Foundation degree,  culminating in an undergraduate research project, which gives you the opportunity to perform your own piece of scientific research under the supervision of one of the experienced scientific staff here at UCH.

NOTE: This course requires a minimum enrolment of approximately 12 students to run.

Business HNC/D

This Business course provides a stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students, along with essential subject knowledge that students need to progress successfully into the world of work or a related degree.

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  • Level: 6
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: October 2016

Business Management BSc (Hons)

Get a solid foundation in business and management theory and tap into your entrepreneurial skills, so that you're ready to operate in the global economy. You will develop a range of practical skills and analytical techniques currently used in business across the world. The degree provides an excellent foundation for a career in financial services, marketing, consultancy or general business management.

Computing & Systems Development HNC/D

Awaiting awarding body approval – check back soon for confirmation.

This qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required for success in careers in computing and systems development. It provides a progression route to the HND in Computing and Systems Development.

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  • Level: 4-6
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: October 2016

Early Childhood Professional Studies BA (Hons)

This degree has been designed around both an Early Years philosophy and the demands of employers in the Early Years sector. Modules focus on subjects such as play, health and wellbeing; learning and development; researching childhood and embracing diversity. You will build knowledge and skills in a workplace environment and the modules have been customised to address the needs of the early childhood sector. You will develop skills in research, presentation and problem solving and these attributes are valued highly by employers.

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  • Level: 6
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: October 2016

Early Years Professional Practice BA (Hons) (Top-up)

Our exciting new Honours degree has been specially designed to meet the demands of employers in the Early Years sector, as well as the current criteria for Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), and Common Core of Knowledge and Skills for Early Years Workforce, as issued by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) - the sector's PSRB. This course gives you the unique opportunity to study early childhood as an academic subject and also develop your professional portfolio by engaging with Early Years practice. Students who have successfully completed a Foundation Degree in Early Years (or an equivalent qualification) complete Year 3 of the BA (Honours) course.

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  • Level: 4-5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: October 2016

Early Years, Playwork & Education Foundation Degree (FdA)

The course covers a wide range of skills-based learning modules delivered by staff with relevant experience. The modules are informed by the Children's Workforce Development Council and the Early Years Professional Framework. They cover a range of key areas and principles which underpin the early years, playwork and education sector. The modules range from child development; to personal and professional development, and cover areas such as childhood research, safeguarding and equality.

This foundation degree is designed to give those who have already worked with children further professional development and skills. It is also perfectly placed for students wishing to undertake a two year qualification in early years study and then progress into the workplace.

NOTE: This course requires a minimum enrolment of approximately 12 students to run.

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  • Level: 4-5
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: September 2016

Early Years, Playwork & Education Foundation Degree (FdA) (Part-time)

Do you want to work with young children? Or maybe you already are? This exciting foundation degree can help you start or advance a rewarding career. It could also help you into further qualifications and even a teaching degree.

NOTE: This course requires a minimum enrolment of approximately 12 students to run.

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  • Level: 5
  • Study Mode: Full-time & Part-time
  • Start Date: October 2016

Engineering Foundation Degree (FdSc)

This course will provide you with sufficient knowledge and skills to allow you to operate as a extremely competent engineering technician. You will develop not only technical know-how but also a practical and analytical approach to problem-solving that will allow you to address a range of engineering challenges. The course enhances the integration of academic and work-based learning through collaboration with employers.

NOTE: This course requires a minimum enrolment of approximately 12 students to run.

Fashion & Textiles HNC/D

Got a passion for fashion? This full-time creative qualification will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for a successful career in the exciting and ever-widening fashion and textile industry. The curriculum will develop and establish your fashion and textile design skills, opening up a broad choice of career options.

  • Exciting textile experimentation
  • Professional pattern cutting
  • Trip to Paris
  • Professional Fashion show at end of Year 1 and 2
  • Links with industry and live briefs

Year 1 of this two year course is studied at Level 4 (HNC). Year 2 is at Level 5 (HND).

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  • Level: 5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: October 2016

Graphic Design Foundation Degree (FdA)

The focus of this course is very much on producing informed designers and technically skilled graduates who are well placed to pursue careers in graphic design. It will develop your capability for creative and independent thought, and instils confidence and an ability to deliver significant input within a professional environment.

NOTE: This course requires a minimum enrolment of approximately 12 students to run.

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  • Level: 3, 4, 5
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: September 2016

Leadership and Management

Harlow College is offering Institute of Leadership and Management qualifications and personalised training, designed to meet the individual needs of organisations and aspiring professionals.

Leaders, managers and supervisors can choose from a range of programmes at Level 3, 4 and 5.

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  • Level: 5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: October 2016

Media Studies – BA (Hons)

If you want to work in creative industries such as marketing, broadcasting or journalism, this wide-ranging course will give you the skills and knowledge you need. Over a three-year period you'll explore how the national and international media operate, their history and how they influence, and are influenced by, government, politics, culture, business and the people they serve.

NOTE: This course requires a minimum enrolment of approximately 12 students to run.

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  • Level: 4-6
  • Study Mode: Full-time & Part-time
  • Start Date: October 2016

Multimedia Journalism BA (Hons)

A vocational journalism degree validated by Anglia Ruskin University, designed and run by the Journalism Centre, Harlow College. A broad based single honours programme which gives opportunities for graduates to progress directly into industry or to other higher studies. It offers practical journalism training and opportunities to explore contemporary media. This is complemented and underpinned by the academic content of the syllabus and strong journalistic research opportunities. Access to our excellent facilities, including a brand new broadcast standard radio studio and large virtual TV studio, ensures that the skills you take away from this course will be well aligned with the requirements of professional practice when you enter the workplace.

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  • Level: 4-5
  • Study Mode: Full-time & Part-time
  • Start Date: October 2016

Sports Journalism Foundation Degree (FdA)

This two-year course offers you the opportunity to explore all areas of sports journalism. It is also a stepping-stone toward a BA (Hons) in Journalism, which requires a third year of study. It provides practical journalism training and the chance to explore contemporary media alongside the academic content of the syllabus and journalistic research. The programme is delivered at the Journalism Centre, University Centre Harlow, and offers a combination of writing and practical skills such as shorthand, sports broadcasting, video journalism and other specialisms.