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FAQ's Higher Education Study

When considering what course to enrol on there are always many questions, we have compiled this list of some of the most frequently asked.

How many hours a week of classes can I expect?

You'll have to come to College between 13 and 15 hours a week on an HNC or HND. You'll attend tutorials and study sessions and you'll need to set aside extra time for self-led individual and group learning activities. You should also be prepared to spend extra time studying and doing independent work - of course you're welcome to do this in our Learning Resource Centre where the LRC team can help you develop research and study skills and access information.

What's different about studying at RACC instead of at a uni?

Class sizes are smaller at RACC and learners get high levels of support and guidance while you'll still be expected to work independently as well. You'll work with other students on shared units and on group projects too.

What are the course fees and how do I pay?

At RACC we keep our fees as low and affordable as possible. Our fees for HNCs and HNDs are less than many other higher education providers. Don't rule out higher education for yourself until you talk to us about the help available. Course fees are listed next to each course but we can provide you with lots of help and guidance to fund your studies - including payment by instalment. Read more about fees and support here. And remember, studying close to home also means you'll be able to spend less money on accommodation and travel.

Aren't the facilities better at uni?

You haven’t seen some of our facilities. We are an active community College that engages with that community. When people visit us they tell us how they're surprised at how modern and well-equipped the facilities are. When Ofsted visited they said:

"The quality of the new accommodation and specialist resources, in addition to the existing and centrally located gallery, is excellent and enables learners to produce a good standard of work, including some which is sold publicly…."

 

"A high proportion of learners progress into further study or employment. A large majority of those who apply for university places receive and accept their offers, which are often from prestigious and well-regarded universities."

 

We've secured several million in government funding to develop our facilities but we’re not finished yet. This money goes into resources for you - all our classrooms and lecture theatres are equipped with smart boards and projectors. 

How do I apply?

To Apply for the course you must carryout the following steps in order:

  1. Complete an online application: select the course you wish to apply for and clicking the 'Apply Now' button you will then be directed to our application system.
  2. Initial Assessment: which is done at the college prior to your interview and takes about 1hr to check your Maths and English levels (these can be done at any time during LRC opening hours).
  3. Interview: on application you will be invited for an interview.

Remember that spaces on courses can book up quickly so start talking to us early to guarantee a spot on the course.

All personal data will be securely stored in the college database in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

What happens after I apply?

We'll review your application and if you meet the entry requirements, we'll call you to interview with a member of curriculum staff. They'll check that the course is right for you and, if so, offer you a place which may or may not be conditional on your exam results or other pending qualifications. Once your results are confirmed, you can accept the offer and officially enrol as a RACC student.

How long might it take me to get a degree?

Generally the total amount of time will depend on a degree course you choose, but it usually takes three years. Consider the HNC as your first year, after which you might want to enter into the second year of a degree, while you HND can be considered as your second year, you might be allowed entry into the second or third year. Ask about our progression opportunities when you come for your interview. Our curriculum teams have a long history with some of the best universities in London and across the country.

Might employers be interested in employing me with a HNC or HND?

Yes, you could also go straight into work - HNCs and HNDs are valued by employers in the UK and overseas. They also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations. Our curriculum teams help you develop not only a subject understanding but expose you to industry skills and insight. Whether you choose to study immediately after completion or want to wait a year after an HND (which is a Level 5 qualification) you can progress to a Level 6 or 7 qualification at a university, This is what is commonly known as a top-up to an Honours degree. Ask us about your opportunities.

 


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