Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) is a qualification that equals the first year of an undergraduate degree.

When do I take them?
Most people will take CertHE or DipHE after they have completed college or sixth form qualifications like BTECS or A-Levels. Sometimes people will choose to take a gap year before they start, or even spend some time working before they begin.

How long do they take?
A CertHE qualification will usually take 1 year (2 semesters) when studied full time.

Who are they for?
Certificates of Higher Education are perfect for people who want a recognised qualification from a university, but do not want to yet commit to taking a full undergraduate degree qualification. You don’t have to commit to three years of study when you begin.

Where will they take me?
A popular option with people who complete a Certificate of Higher Education is to carry on studying for one or two more years to gain an undergraduate degree. Of course, not everyone does this, and it is also common for people to go on to start a career in the area in which they have studied.

How much do they cost?
We offer the courses at £5970 a year + £25 reg fee. We offer different payment plans for students to help spread out the cost if you don’t want to pay it all up front. Also, if you are in the UK* student finance is there to help out with a loan to cover the cost of this, and the good thing is that you don’t have to start paying it back until you have got a job and are earning enough money to do so. You can learn more about student finance on the University Student Finance page.

CertHEs on the qualifications grid
The qualifications grid shows some of the most common qualifications in the UK, and their levels. There are 8 levels of study in the UK, remember these don’t relate to how long qualifications take, but they are used to show how qualifications compare with each other. Use the grid to find out what level CertHEs are in comparison with other qualifications.