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University Level Courses

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Studying University-level courses with us here at Northern College is a unique experience.

Our partnerships with universities mean that you can gain higher-level qualifications validated by either the University of Huddersfield or Sheffield Hallam University but study here at Northern College.

Situated at Wentworth Castle and set in acres of stunning National Trust gardens, Northern College is the ideal spot to focus on your studies and future. Our college and residential accommodation options allow you to focus on your education and receive exceptional support throughout your time with us.

We deliver University-level courses in two subject areas: ‘Education’ and ‘Health and Social Care’. Both of these can be accessed directly if you have the required qualifications or as a progression from our level 3 courses.

Our Education courses provide routes into Initial Teacher Education for the post 16 sector at levels 4-7 and a full Honours degree delivered in partnership with the University of Huddersfield.

Our Health and Social care foundation degree course delivered in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University provides routes into both employment and further study at honours degree level (subject to validation).

Graduate Skills

The main skills that employers are looking for in graduates are:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Adaptability
  • Initiative
  • Confidence
  • Leadership skills (reed.co.uk)

Here at Northern College, we provide opportunities to develop these skills in a number of ways. This includes course specific work placements, student representation roles within the college, specific curriculum time for skills development and employer links. Our tutors will also work with you throughout your time on our courses to provide support and constructive feedback so your confidence will develop alongside your academic successes.


Government funding and loans are available for these courses. See individual course pages for information.

What others are saying

Two years ago, I first went to Northern College for the first time to do a self confidence course. Approximately eight courses later including counselling and several people skills courses, I am now working in a homeless hostel supporting the vulnerable and encouraging them to attend courses at Northern College.
Amazing, the support I have received is fantastic.
I can’t rate it highly enough. I’ve had such a fantastic week with all the staff (and I mean every single member of staff I’ve met). The course, the catering – everything is great! And the building!! Stunning! Everyone should get the chance to study here. I’ve loved it and I definitely want to come back. 

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