Interested in studying university-level courses?
Many students find it more convenient and cost-effective to study a university-level course close to home, fitting studies around their work and family commitments. We deliver Higher Education in more than 20 subject areas across a variety of sectors and industries. All of our courses are validated by our partner universities and professional awarding bodies.
As a Higher Education student, you’ll have access to dedicated facilities in our University Centre, as well as a range of one-to-one support to help guide you through your course and make the most of your time with us.
Chesterfield is a great place to be a student. From bars, coffee shops and restaurants to a cinema, theatres and several parks; there’s always plenty to do when you’re not studying. We’re also located on the edge of the beautiful Peak District for those who prefer a picturesque walk in the countryside or a visit to one of our famous stately homes such as Chatsworth House.
There’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ HE student at Chesterfield College. From 18-year-olds who have just received their A-Level results to adults returning to education later in life, we have a range of courses and flexible study options to suit everyone. When you join the Chesterfield College University Centre you will mix with young people, employed people studying part-time and parents fitting in a degree around family life. Our University Centre isn’t ‘typical’ either. When you join college you will be part of a close-knit group of students, benefitting from small class sizes and more dedicated one-to-one time with tutors.
You are entitled to a student loan
Like any other university course, you are entitled to a student loan to help cover some of the costs of studying. This loan does not need to be paid back until you start earning over a certain amount of money per year (currently £27,295). This is then paid back in small monthly instalments to make the loan affordable and manageable for you.
At Chesterfield College, we offer a variety of courses including foundation degrees, HNC/HNDs/HNs, professional courses, full honours degrees and more.
Through our partnerships with the University of Derby, Sheffield Hallam University and Pearson, you can be sure that the qualification you receive is accredited by a nationally-recognised university or professional awarding body.
We also work in partnership with many different employers and industry experts to keep our courses relevant and up-to-date, so that when you leave us you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge to help you stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market.
In 2017 we were awarded a ‘Confidence’ rating by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), the highest possible rating by the UK’s body responsible for quality in Higher Education.
What support is offered to me after I finish the course?
You will have access to all the facilities at the college and the university provider you are qualifying under, which means you can take advantage of our careers and employment hub to help you decide on your next steps – whether this is employment or further study.
Careers and Employment Hub
We are here to help you make tough decisions and dilemmas about your career and the path you want to take. These decisions and conversations can happen at any point in your studies; we can even offer support before starting your time with us (such as assistance with your UCAS application and personal statement). We can provide guidance on your next level of study, what industry sector you could see yourself working in or what university course may help develop your already impressive skillset even further.
Wellbeing and Support Services
We have a range of well-being services to support you throughout your studies here at Chesterfield College. We have mentors to guide you to succeed in your life and future career, and a safeguarding team to make sure you feel safe at college, home and work. Our counselling team is here to make life clearer, easier to navigate and less overwhelming in a confidential and non-judgmental space. You can also ask for additional learning support to make your studies more accessible. As a university-level student, you will also benefit from dedicated support through the Higher and Adult Education Support Co-ordinator, who is there to provide tailored support and guidance to adult students.