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 Central Bedfordshire College offers a range of Higher National qualifications with Pearson (Edexcel) and Foundation Degrees in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire.

Higher National courses, such as the Higher National Certificate (HNC) and the Higher National Diploma (HND), are university-level qualifications designed to give you specialist knowledge in your chosen field. The HNC is an equivalent to the first year of a full-time university degree, and the HND is the equivalent to the second year of a full-time university degree. After completing the HND, students have the option to ‘top-up’ their HND to a full honours degree.

Our Foundation degrees are awarded by the University of Bedfordshire, and these are equivalent to the first two years of a full-time university degree and, like HNDs, combine vocational and academic study. Both qualifications can be ‘topped up’ with a final year at university to convert into a full honours degree.

You can apply for any Higher Education course by clicking the APPLY button on the course page or via UCAS at

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