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University Centre Degrees & HNC/HND

Our Higher Education programmes are business-led and career-focused. Many of our courses have been designed in conjunction with our business and industry partners, ensuring our students have the opportunity to leave us with a clear pathway to a successful career.

Career Degrees Explained

A highly competitive job market across most sectors can make securing graduate roles challenging. That’s why we’ve developed Career Degrees, to give our students the opportunity to get ahead of the competition at interview and help them secure the career of their dreams.

Why Study a Degree Programme at Lincoln College?

There are many reasons our students choose to study with us, whether it is continuing from further education or coming back to study after a career change.

We’ve designed our Career Degrees to focus on preparing graduates for employment in their chosen sector or industry by supporting the development of both academic knowledge and vocational skills.

Our classes are smaller which means our students can receive more one-to-one time with their tutors, as well as engaging debates and collaborative working with fellow students. With our condensed timetables, students may choose to work while studying, look after family or enjoy a better study-life balance.

A bursary of £500 for full-time students and £250 for part-time students per year of study is also available for those undertaking a Career Degree. This can be spent on additional industry qualifications, professional accreditation, conferences, events or employer-led activities - helping to put our students ahead of the game after graduation.

What Programmes Are Available?

We offer a variety of courses covering a wide range of subject areas, including: Business & Management, Policing, Computing, Photography & Media, Construction & Engineering, Health, Sports, Education, and Animal Management.

View Our Full List of Courses Here  

Institute of Technology

Find out more about the Lincolnshire Institute of Technology (IOT). The IOT specialises in delivering high quality technical education with a focus on Engineering, Digital, and Automotive subjects. Learn more here.

Open Days

We hold regular in-person open days throughout the year. Join us to hear from our expert tutors and to tour our campus and facilities. Find out more and register here.

Career Degree Benefits

Smaller Class Sizes

Our classes are smaller which means students can get more one-to-one time with their tutors, as well as engaging debates and conversations with their fellow students.

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Condensed Timetables

With our condensed timetables, students may choose to work while studying, look after family or enjoy a better study-life balance.

Most of the time the timetable will be split across a couple of days during the working week.

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Career Degree Bursary

A bursary of £500 for full-time students and £250 for part-time students per year of study is also available for students undertaking a Career Degree (excluding degree apprentices). 

This can be spent on additional industry qualifications, professional accreditation, conferences, events or employer-led activities - helping to put our students ahead of the game after graduation. 

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Many of our courses have been designed in partnership with businesses, so we know that the skills our students are learning are exactly what they will need to find a job.

All courses have high vocational relevance and links to industry so students can use their learning in real life situations.

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We work with a number of partner institutions who validate our higher education Career Degrees.

These validated courses have been approved by the applicable university for delivery by Lincoln College, with the final award being issued by the university partner.

Our partners include:

University of Hull

University of Derby

Bishop Grosseteste University

Open University


The College is committed to each and every student and we will do our level best to support students in continuing with their studies.

As a Further Education College, we are reviewing the advice and guidance from the Department for Education (DfE), the Association of Colleges (AoC) and the Office for Students (OfS) on a daily basis in order to establish our institutional approach.

Regular updates are posted on our website alongside specific information regarding changes to our policies, expectations for student attendance and the mechanisms for reporting absences.

You can find all of this information via the following link.

In the same way as we did last year, we will continue to work with our validating partner institutions to ensure that any specific plans for mitigation are clearly identifiable and that they are communicated to students.

We have put in place a number of mitigation measures already as a result of the process that we followed in 2019/20 and in some cases we have made changes to assessments and/or delivery schedules to ensure that the impact of further disruption is minimised. 

Please be rest assured that we are working hard to balance our delivery strategy at HE course level with the DfE, AoC and OfS guidelines. In some areas, students may see a short-term increase in the ratio of online delivery, and may also be informed of changes to the practical delivery schedule  as a result of restricted access to practical facilities.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach that can be applied across all courses, but our tutors and the academic managers within each curriculum areas will ensure that students receive the information that is relevant to them in a timely manner. 

These are uncertain and challenging times, but please rest assured that we are doing all we can to support our students.

Fees, Finance & Support


Our fees are lower than most universities and with the range of financial support available for our higher education students, we can help our students to achieve their dream career without unmanageable debts.

Our full-time course fees are between £6,500 and £9,250 per academic year. This compares very favourably with the amount charged by most universities. 

Part-time students are charged a proportion of the full-time fee according to how much they are studying, for example, a student taking half the study that a full-time student takes would be charged approximately half of the full-time fee.

Tuition Fee Loan

Eligible students studying their first higher education funded course don't have to pay tuition fees upfront. Instead, Tuition Fee Loans are available to UK and EU residents.

These are repayable after students graduate or leave their course and earn over a minimum salary.

There's lots more information on Student Finance on the UCAS website or the Government website.

Maintenance Loan for Living Costs

Loans from the government are available for full-time students to assist with their living expenses.  To receive the full Maintenance Loan, when applying applicants will have to give details of their household income (parents' or partner's income plus their own).

The maximum Maintenance Loan for new students starting from 1 September 2022 is:

  • £9,706 if living away from home and studying at a university or college outside of London
  • £8,171 if living at home

This will be repayable after a student graduates or leaves their course and earns above a minimum salary.

Financial Support

Certain students may be eligible for additional financial support from us.

Hardship Fund

Students that find themselves in financial hardship during the academic year can apply to the HE Hardship Fund, which exists to support the retention of students. 

Both full-time and part-time students can apply to the fund. The level of award is at the discretion of the College and subject to funds available.

Career Degree Bursary

Supporting students with additional qualifications - helping to put them ahead of the game after graduation. 

Career Degree Bursary 

The Career Degree Bursary is designed to be spent on additional industry qualifications, professional accreditation, conferences, events or employer-led activities.

This package is available at the same amount, £500 for full-time students and £250 for part-time students, during each year of study (excluding degree apprentices). 

It cannot be substituted for cash, fee waiver or in-kind support funds. 

Life at College

Life in the City

Lincoln is a beautiful historic city with a bustling high street and nightlife with lots to keep students busy.

Events and festivals - Enjoy year round events and festivals taking place across Lincoln, including Lost Village Festival and the famous Christmas Market. Keep up with what's going on over at Visit Lincoln.

Eating out and nightlife - Lincoln boats a variety of places to eat and drink. From bars, nightclubs and independent restaurants to traditional pubs serving delicious grub.

Shopping haven - From high street hits to independent stores and boutiques, there's a wide variety to choose from across the city.

Art and culture - Live gigs, concerts, comedy, theatre and dance plus art galleries and museums.

Historic hub - 2,000 years of history, the stunning Lincoln Cathedral and the Castle, home to the 1215 Magna Carta.


After choosing a course, one of the biggest decisions will be where to live while studying.

Although we do not have our own accommodation at the College, there is a plentiful supply located in the city, within walking distance of the College and both rail and bus stations. 

Halls of Residence

iQ Pavillions – Ruston Way, Lincoln LN6 7BQ

Offering a wide range of room types from studios to apartments of 2 - 6 en-suite bedrooms, features include broadband internet, a mini-supermarket for all the essentials and a laundrette.  Additionally there is a coffee bar lounge with Sky TV, pool tables, air hockey and vending machines.

More information.

Cathedral Street Apartments – Cathedral Street, Lincoln LN2 5HQ

Located close to the College campus, these 2 - 6 bedroom apartments share kitchens, lounges and shower rooms.  Rents include utilities, broadband internet and contents insurance.

More information.

Aqua House – Harvey Street, Lincoln LN1 1TE

75 bedroom student accommodation with television and wireless internet access and shared kitchens, bathrooms and laundry facilities.

For more information and to apply, contact Student Living on 0845 331 3317.

Danesgate House – Grantham Street, Lincoln LN2 1BA

Located 5 minutes walk from the College,  these studio and en-suite apartments have been recently refurbished and include flat screen TV in shared areas, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and bike storage.

More information.

The Junxion – Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln LN5 7BG

4, 5, or 6 en-suite bedroom apartments sharing communal areas which have leather sofas, 32” LCD televisions, Freeview and dishwashers.  Facilities include a laundrette and cash machines.

For more information and to apply, contact Mezzino on 01522 548562.

Brayford Quay – Newland, Lincoln LN1 1YA

Overlooking the waterfront, these 5 or 6 en-suite bedroom apartments have broadband internet and Freeview TV in communal areas.  Other features include an onsite laundrette and gym.

More information.

Park Court – 50 Park Street, Lincoln LN1 1UR

Located only a two minute walk from the city centre, these 4 or 5 en-suite bedroom apartments share fully fitted kitchens.  There is also laundry facilities and a common room with widescreen TV with Freeview, a pool table and gaming and vending machines.

More information.

Brayford Court – 57- 59 Carholme Road, Lincoln LN1 1RN

3, 4, 5 or 6 bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens, LCD TVs in living areas and wireless internet connection.  Additional features include lift access to all floors, onsite laundry facilities and a free cleaning service every fortnight.

More information.

Shared Houses/Flats

There are pleasant privately-owned houses in Lincoln, available near the city centre and within walking distance of the College. The cost of housing in Lincoln is considerably cheaper than in many other big cities with rents from as little as £55 per week.

The following list provides the details of some of the organisations that manage student accommodation in Lincoln:

Student Living
Tel: 0845 331 3317

JVS Homes
Tel: 01522 827597

APS Properties
Tel: 01522 797307

Lighthouse Property Services
Tel: 01522 780020

Student Housing Lincoln
Tel: 01522 410646

Lincoln Digs
Tel: 01522 308609

Tel: 01522 308609

City Lets
Tel: 01427 787738

Tel: 07881292506

Disclaimer:  These details are provided for information only and should not be taken as an endorsement of any kind by the College of the organisations included. The College accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage or inconvenience arising as a result of a student accepting accommodation through any of the organisations. The responsibility for finding and paying for suitable accommodation rests solely with the student.

Qualification Guide

We offer a range of Higher Education qualifications at various levels.

Access Courses

Access programmes are established nationally as an alternative to A-Level entry to degree and diploma programmes. They provide entry to a degree or diploma with no previous qualifications and provide grounding in the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully progress to a higher education course. We offer various ‘pathways’ that allow entry onto specific degree courses.

HNC (Higher National Certificate)

An HNC is ideal for anyone who wants an introduction to their chosen subject. Most students who choose to study for an HNC do so part-time over two years while they continue to work. There is the option to do additional modules to progress to an HND, and from there to top up to a full Bachelor's Degree.

HND (Higher National Diploma)

HNDs are available in a wide range of subjects – mainly vocational. HNC/HNDs are well known by employers so this can increase employability. Entry requirements are generally lower than those needed for degrees. A full-time HND will likely take two years but longer if it includes an industrial placement. There is the option to top-up to a full degree with further study, either at Lincoln College or other institutions. 

Professional Qualifications

The College offers several qualifications accredited by professional organisations, such as the ILM and AAT. These qualifications are designed with the needs of the profession in mind, and are often the only route into a given profession.

Foundation Degrees (FdSc & FdA)

These two-year degree courses are a cheaper and faster alternative to traditional three-year undergraduate courses. They combine the level of learning offered by a degree programme, with practical, commercial experience. Foundation degrees are particularly popular with employers for a number of reasons: they enhance the knowledge and skills of existing employees; increase productivity and competitiveness; change the skill set of existing employees; develop employees within the business and train new employees to learn their job quicker.

Foundation degrees normally take two years if studied full-time and are a valuable qualification in their own right. They can also be a stepping stone to undergraduate degrees and other studies. Foundation Degrees are awarded in Art (FdA) or Science (FdSc).


The title of undergraduate degrees varies depending on the subject studied, from a BA (Bachelor of Arts) to a BSc (Bachelor of Science). Following completion of a first degree, some people progress to a postgraduate degree, either taught for example an MA (Master of Arts) or a research programme, often called a doctorate, and awarded with a PhD or Doctor of Philosophy.


Our students have access to a wide range of industry-standard facilities. 

At Lincoln College, students have access to our purpose-built gym with 40 training stations, squash and badminton courts, basketball courts, five-aside football pitches and an outdoor gym with training track all on campus at Deans Sport and Leisure. 

Our students can pamper themselves with a dip in our spa pool and steam rooms or enjoy a range of therapies and massages at our Complementary Medicine Clinic, as well as have access to our hair and beauty salon.

The Lincoln College campus has two refectories and Costa coffee concessions offering a range of healthy and fast-food options.

For something a little different, students can enjoy a meal at Sessions Restaurant – a high-end eatery staffed by our College chefs and catering students.

All of these facilities are available at heavily discounted student rates.

Our well stocked library provides access to the books required for courses, along with a collection of electronic resources including online academic journals to support studies. 

Experienced library staff are on hand to provide group and one-to-one study support for research and study needs.

For more information, view our HE Student Handbook

Graduate in Style

Graduate in the stunning Lincoln Cathedral. 

All of our university-level students graduate in an annual ceremony held in and around the ground of Lincoln Cathedral.

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Student Services are here to help

Our specialist team of professional Student Support Advisors can offer guidance and support on a wide range of financial, personal and career-related issues.

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Career Degree Terms & Conditions

Once a student has accepted an offer of a place on a Higher Education programme at Lincoln College, a legal contract is formed between them and the College based on the terms and conditions of their offer and the terms and conditions set out in the Terms & Conditions document.

The document also includes information about how to initiate a transfer to or from an alternative place of study.

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Policy Documents from Validating Partners

View all of the policies, including from validating partners, relating to our Higher Education offering here.

View Policies

How to Apply

Instructions on how to apply for individual courses are detailed on each course page.

Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS - this requires the UCAS course code which can be found on the course page.

Part-time applications can be made directly to the College.

Full List of Career Degree Courses

Need Careers Info or Advice?

Book a guidance session with one of our careers advisors who can help discuss the different options available.

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