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Making the important decision to enter into degree-level study can be life-changing, marking the start of a new chapter and possibly a new career direction.

Key Facts

  • Level 4 to Level 7 qualifications
  • Full-time and part-time options
  • HNCs, HNDs, Foundation Degrees, Higher-Level Apprenticeships and BA (Hons)
  • Partnerships with the University of Central Lancashire, the University of Cumbria and other Professional Institutions

Why Kendal College?

  • Over 30 years experience in delivering quality degree courses
  • Choice of both part-time and full-time study courses
  • Highly skilled teaching staff with first-hand professional experience of their field
  • Links with industry - we work closely with over 4,500 employers such as Siemens, BAE, GlaxoSmithKline, NHS and Croppers.
  • University partnerships with the University of Cumbria and University of Central Lancashire
  • Employability - 96% of our graduates secured employment or went onto further study or training
  • Fantastic facilities through £27million College investment
  • Small and friendly college with small class sizes to benefit your learning
  • Quality assured by the National Quality Assurance Agency for degree courses
  • Excellent value for money - an affordable alternative to university fees with much lower fees than other institutions starting from £4000 per year studying part-time.

If you are an employer, we can design training packages to fulfil your organisation’s requirements and can deliver courses in the workplace. Group discounts may also be available.

For more information, click here.

University partners

Our degree programmes are validated by experienced University institutions including University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and University of Cumbria (UoC).

The University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) provides first-class facilities and high-quality teaching against a background of ‘real world’ research to encourage innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking. UCLan has been at the forefront of developing new degrees in the emerging disciplines of journalism, fashion, forensics and sports science and is the largest higher education provider of forensic science, policing and related subjects, in the world.

The University of Central Lancashire has extensive links with Further Education Colleges and specialist institutions, to offer over 200 Higher Education courses to approximately 6000 UCLan University students based at Partner Institutions each year, including Kendal College.

UCLan offers 'Partner' students all the benefits of a large university with all the advantages of our Partners’ smaller community atmosphere. As a Partner student, you will enjoy the support and resources offered at Kendal College - as well as UCLan’s wide range of facilities. University students studying Kendal College also have the same status as on-campus students and can enjoy the benefits of UCLan's facilities and services, which include online resources, sports centres, student services, library and the Students’ Union.

For further information on UCLan and the benefits available as a Partner Student, please see their website

The University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria launched ten years ago, founded on the experience and tradition of well over 150 years of higher education. They are a growing, multi-campus university, home to around 10,000 students, that aims to provide you with the skills to set you apart in the jobs market. With 97% graduate employability*, they are dedicated to offering the highest standard of higher education for students, helping you strive to be dynamic, creative and entrepreneurial in achieving your career goals. The University of Cumbria specialises in arts, business, education, health and science courses, with award-winning student support, and excellent links with local and national employers.

For more information about the University of Cumbria click here.

*DLHE 2015

Degree-level qualifications

HNC, Level 4

Higher National Certificates (HNCs) equip you with the basic knowledge, understanding and skills required for a general vocational area. HNCs are usually studied two years part-time or one year full-time and many candidates then go on to other qualifications or areas of study.

HND, Level 5

Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are equivalent to two years of undergraduate study and can often be used to progress to an Honours Degree programme. HNDs are substantially coursework based and do not generally involve any examinations. HNDs are also designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a general vocational sector. These courses are usually two years full-time or three years part-time.

Foundation Degree, Level 4 & 5

A Foundation Degree is a degree level qualification that combines academic study with work-based learning. Foundation Degrees are designed in association with employers and are qualifications that equip you with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to achieve academic results as well as improve performance and productivity in the workplace. Assessment is likely to include examinations. If you have a Foundation Degree already, then you may choose to ‘top-up’ your Foundation Degree to Honours level.

Honours Degree, Level 6

Honours Degrees aim to provide graduates with the ability to investigate, think independently, research and innovate. Graduates will develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject, elements of which will be at the forefront of current academic thinking and research. We offer Honours Degrees in a number of vocational subjects to enable students to understand both the detailed academic theory and, to a lesser extent than in the Foundation Degree, the practical knowledge of their chosen discipline.

Professional Accredited Qualifications

Professional Qualifications are the qualifications required to practice at a high level in certain jobs or professions. They are as suited to younger members of staff as they are to senior management. Courses are approved by well-respected organisations such as the Association of Accountants or the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for example.

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View our courses

Outdoor Adventure HNC/HND
Degree-level 4/5 1st Sep 2021 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

Information coming soon!

Children, Young People & their Services Foundation Degree (PT)
Degree-level 5 1st Sep 2020 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

The Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services offers an exciting pathway for developing a career with children and young people, including primary teaching and social work. The programme focuses on working with children from 0-18 years, in both education and social care settings.

Animal Management HNC/HND
Degree-level 4/5 1st Sep 2020 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

The HNC/HND Animal Management will develop students as independent, professional individuals able to fulfil the needs of employers in the Animal Management industry. The course focuses on the behaviour & welfare of animals from across the industry & aims to widen access to Higher Education & employment for successful students.

Forensic Science HNC/HND
Degree-level 4/5 1st Sep 2020 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

The Forensic Science HNC/D focuses on the biological, chemical and analytical techniques required to analyse forensic evidence. The course also focuses on the criminological and psychological aspects of forensic science, with the practical aspects of crime scene investigation.

Education & Training
Degree-level 4 1st Aug 2020 1 Year

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

The course is a competence based qualification, based on The Education and Training Foundation Professional Standards and is a job ready qualification which requires learners to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a teaching environment.

Business Management HNC/HND
Degree-level 4/5 1st Sep 2020 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

You'll explore the basics of marketing, economics and finance, as well more specialist areas like business law and management reporting. BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards where appropriate.

Hospitality Management HNC/HND
Degree-level 4/5 1st Sep 2020 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

You will learn a wide variety of skills that will prepare you for a higher level of education as well as a plethora of employability skills. There will be a key focus on knowledge and skill development to equip you for your first management position within the industry.

Mechanical Engineering HNC
Degree-level 4/5 1st Sep 2020 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

Professional engineers are at the forefront of developing new ideas in an ever changing world and are highly valued within industry. They form the backbone of research and development in their respective fields, as well as being inspiring leaders of teams and projects.