Higher Education at Grantham College




What can I expect?

Grantham College offers a wide range of Higher Education/University Level Courses.  We offer provision independently and also work in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University and Edexcel.

Higher level courses, right on your doorstep and in the heart of your community. 

Reasons to take a Level 4 or 5 course at Grantham College: 

  1. Get the skills to prepare you for the job you really want
  2. Stay local and access our HE-only buildings
  3. Enjoy much cheaper course fees than university with full access to student loans
  4. No extra accommodation costs
  5. Small groups and big classrooms, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities 
  6. Access our brand-new digital centre, the Institute of Technology 

See our exciting range of Level 4 and 5 courses

Apply now to start in September

Stay Local

There are lots of benefits to studying locally:

  • Fit your learning around your own commitments
  • Keep your social life
  • Live at home or independently whilst you study
  • Access a more affordable University level study

Personal Tutors and Support

All students who enrol onto a course are allocated a personal tutor. They will monitor and support you with your academic progress and provide help when necessary. There are also a wide range of support services available to you whilst studying at Grantham College. These include learning support tailored to your needs, careers advice and guidance, counselling, mental health support and study skills.  If you have a disability or learning difficulty we can help you apply for DSA.

Small Class Sizes

Our small class sizes mean that you will always get lots of contact time with staff; this also offers a more personal approach to learning in an environment where you matter.

Industry Experienced Staff

All of our staff are experts within their fields, having many years of recent and relevant experience in their area, that means they know what you will need in order to follow a career in your chosen path.

QAA Approved Courses

In February 2016, Grantham College was awarded the prestigious QAA quality mark for University level courses.  QAA is similar to Ofsted in that they review the quality of teaching, learning and outcomes for students across four key areas, all of which met the standard at Grantham.

  • The maintenance of the academic standards of awards offered on behalf of degree-awarding bodies and/or other awarding organisations;

  • The quality of student learning opportunities;

  • The quality of the information about learning opportunities;

  • The enhancement of student learning opportunities;

  • Having QAA approval means that the courses being offered at Grantham College are of the same standard as those being delivered in larger Universities. 

The full QAA report can be found here

Higher Education Action Plan

Download a copy of Grantham’s HER action plan (.doc)


Transparency 2021 Office for Students Information Workbook 

The information published on these pages shows: The number of HE students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us. It shows these numbers by reference to:  

- The gender of the individuals to which they relate  

- Their ethnicity  

- Their socioeconomic background

You can find our Transparency 2021 Office for Students Information Workbook here


National Student Survey (NSS)

We are so good at delivering University level courses that we achieved 95% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016.  This fantastic result places Grantham College 13 percentage points above the national benchmark, in the top 9 colleges in the UK and demonstrates that we have the most satisfied University level students in Lincolnshire (when compared to other FE colleges).

Access and Participation Statement

Grantham College is committed to equality, diversity & inclusion. We also aim to break down barriers to higher education and widen access to and participation in Higher Education amongst our local communities and especially those typically underrepresented in Higher Education. We do this in a number of ways which have successfully seen participation in our Higher Education programmes grow significantly over recent years. Examples of the actions taken include:

  • Designing our HE programmes to meet individual and employer needs.
  • Offering a variety and flexible modes of attendance and blended learning.
  • Ensuring our HE programmes are priced competitively.
  • Providing excellent advice and guidance on the range of financial support available.
  • Using HEFCE funds to widen participation and support those experiencing difficulty accessing higher education.
  • Supporting and participating in outreach programmes such as LINCHIGHER
  • Attending local high schools, primary schools and employers to promote our locally accessible HE offer.
  • Our full Access and Participation Plan can be found here.

Impact of our Access and Participation actions

The Colleges commitment to widening participation in HE within the local community is important given that the college postcode (NG31 9AP) shows low levels of participation for both young people and adults, both scoring 2 out of 5 quintiles where 1 is the lowest participation quintile. The college is responding well and encouraging participation from areas where it has been historically low. The contextual TEF POLAR data for the college shows that 57% of Grantham College HE enrolments come from quintiles 1 to 3 with 39% from the lowest participation in HE quintiles 1 and 2. Although the college postcode is in the 3rd quintile for IMD data, the map for the local area shows significant pockets of deprivation, the contextual TEF data on IMD for Grantham College shows that a majority of HE enrolments come from quintiles 1 to 3 with 34% from the most deprived quintiles 1 and 2.   Our Access and Participation Plan Monitoring report can be found here. 

Higher Education/University Level Finance

All students paying tuition fees can apply to Student Finance England for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover all or part of their fee, whether studying on a full time or part time Higher Education course. This does not have to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning over £26,568 a year. For more information contact our Student Finance Officer 01476 400281.

For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. Grantham College is an approved provider with OfS registration. Students can apply for finance online 


2020/21 full time annual fees for our Higher National Certificate and Diploma courses are £6,995.  

2021/22 full time annual fees for our Higher National Certificate and Diploma courses are £6,995.

We are also able to offer flexible learning on most of our courses to allow you to study part time basis.

Please enquire directly with our Student Information team for further information on 0800 0521 577.

Higher Education Handbook

Our Higher Education Student Handbook can be found here.


HE Policies

Our Higher Education policies can be found here.