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Find your passion this September

Discover everything you need to know about starting at Harrogate College in 2023.

At Harrogate College, we’re passionate about giving students skills they can use in university and later careers. That’s why we offer qualifications in a wide range of subjects and education levels for all interests, backgrounds and aspirations. There’s still time to apply for a place on a course for September 2023 – find out more about our options below.


What are vocational Level 3 qualifications?

Vocational Level 3 qualifications are an alternative to A levels and apprenticeships, and offer another route to higher education. Courses last for two years and open up multiple progression routes on completion – be it university, employment or another course at a higher level. Studying a vocational course lets you:

  • Combine work experience with academic study
  • Receive focused learning on your area of interest
  • Study in specialist facilities that develop technical skills for higher study or work
  • Access industry partnerships that foster professional connections

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Introducing T Levels

Study T Levels at Harrogate College, a two-year qualification that offers academic learning and practical industry experience.

One T Level is equivalent to three A levels, making it ideal for individuals who want to focus on a particular subject instead of studying three or four different ones.

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Can I study a higher education course in college?

Absolutely! Studying a higher education course at college means you’re more likely to receive a qualification that relates to your desired profession and reflects industry needs. You’ll also benefit from smaller class sizes, greater flexibility for different lifestyles, and may get to experience on-the-job learning as part of the programme.

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What courses are available?

We appreciate no two people are the same, which is why we offer qualifications in a variety of subjects and levels to suit different interests, learning styles and circumstances.

Our diverse course offering means you can choose to study a:

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – courses that prepare people for study at university, even if they don’t have the required qualifications (e.g. A level or vocational Level 3 qualification). Our subjects include health science, and humanities and social sciences.
  • Vocational Level 3 Qualification – vocational courses that give you relevant skills in a range of industries including marketing, fine art, and interior design.
  • T Level Qualification – A two-year qualification that offers academic learning and practical industry experience. One T Level is equivalent to three A Levels.
  • Vocational Level 4 Qualification – higher education courses for people who want to progress to the next level. For example, you can master your finance knowledge with detailed, specialist learning on our Level 4 accounting course.
  • Vocational Level 5 Degree – flexible, entry-level degrees that relate directly to your chosen profession – allowing you to gain skills that further your career without studying a full degree. Available in subjects such as biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences; leadership and management; and games development.
  • Vocational Level 6 Top-Up Degree – a one-year course that complements your Level 5 qualification, bringing it up to a full undergraduate degree.
  • Vocational Level 7 Master’s Degree – acquire practical skills at postgraduate level with an MA in creative practice.

Take a look at our wide range of courses

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships combine studying with paid work. They allow students to specialise in a particular field and work towards a qualification through on-the-job experience.

Interested in an apprenticeship?

Harrogate College has a wide and varied apprenticeship offering, covering most industry sectors. Our apprenticeships start from GCSE to degree-level, enabling you to gain an education with on-the-job learning.

Learn more about apprenticeships

Why Harrogate College?

“The Level 3 course at Harrogate College gave me the opportunity to find out exactly what career I was interested in and how to get there.” Thomas Smith, Level 3 Applied Science

We constantly strive to create an environment where students can reach their academic potential, whilst being guided towards their goals.

Studying with us offers:

Cutting-edge facilities

With industry-standard facilities and motivating learning environments, all students benefit from a college education that enhances and develops their skills. Some of our excellent facilities include our:

Expert academic knowledge

Our teachers are all experts in their specific fields and are passionate about passing their knowledge on to you. Whether it’s a teacher-led class or practical learning in a real-life work environment, you’ll experience motivational teaching that pushes you towards your goals.

Vibrant student life

From our bustling campus to our extracurricular societies and activities, you’ll be part of Harrogate College life from day one. Why not take a break from your studies with a mouth-watering meal in our Bistro? Our support services can also help you with any academic or personal concerns. Find out more here.

Time to apply

The first step is to explore the courses we offer. From there, students can choose their ideal course and make an application online to start this September.

Start your journey with us – apply now