Higher Education

Higher education can be the gateway to inspirational and interesting careers and progression, with graduates rewarded with income levels and advancement opportunities that can lead to higher job satisfaction and a stimulating career pathway.

The University Centres at DN Colleges Group offer a range of higher education options, delivered locally and in close collaboration with our university partners: the University of Hull, the University of Lincoln, the University of Huddersfield, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Cumbria.

With over 2,000 higher education students, we continually invest in our University Centres, extending our university presence for our communities with qualifications centred around the needs of our students.

Our higher education portfolio offers undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses.  As well as Bachelor’s degrees and foundation degrees, these include higher level and degree apprenticeships, initial teacher education and Higher National programmes (HNC & HND).  Courses are either validated by one of our university partners or awarded by Pearson, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

From business and management, education, engineering and technology to the arts and creative media, social sciences and sports, our courses are led by highly experienced staff, working closely with external partners and organisations to ensure high quality programmes and a rich student experience.

Our higher education facilities provide excellent teaching and learning environments, and access to physical and online learning resources are enhanced through our library provision and resource centres.

Above all, we create and strengthen access to higher education for our communities and support our students on their journeys towards employment and progression that reaches beyond regional boundaries.

Our Students Rate Us Highly

We are extremely proud that our students are very satisfied and rate their experience with us highly.  In the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2018, we were ranked second across the UK for College-based higher education, thanks to votes from our students.

We were also awarded a Silver rating in the 2018 Teaching Excellence Framework.

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International Students

DN Colleges Group welcomes international students from all over the world. These students are an important part of our student body and we make sure anyone joining us from overseas has the support to settle in quickly and to make the most of the opportunities we offer.

Enrolling on to a degree was one of the best decisions I made. The course has opened so many doors to future career prospects.

Alex Drury

The University has helped me enormously, I never thought I would have achieved and grown so much personally as I have in the last 3 years.

Jacqueline Brown