The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London's higher education provision has been praised for good practice by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), just as it launches three new Higher National Diplomas (HNCs) in Creative, Engineering and ICT.

The HNCs, which run from September, allow people to study at Level 4, the equivalent to the first year of a degree course, and at the fraction of the cost compared to university tuition fees.

The HNCs have been introduced at the College to make higher education qualifications more accessible to people who prefer to take a vocational route. While bachelors degrees tend to focus on gaining knowledge, HNCs are designed to give people the skills to put that knowledge to effective use in a particular job.

The Creative HNC will focus on Games and Animation preparing students for a career in the Creative Production Industry, while the Computing HNC will focus on Systems Development. The third of the HNCs in Engineering will prepare students for employment in the mechanical and electronic engineering industries, and is the perfect progression for students who have completed the College’s Access to Engineering course.

All HNCs will allow students to progress on to the second year of a degree course or a Higher National Diploma (HND) which the College hopes to introduce in September 2013.

Vice Principal of Curriculum and Learner Experience, Jane O’Neill, said: “HNCs are an excellent way for learners to enter higher education, giving them the confidence to become skilled in competitive industries. We are delighted to enrol our new HNC students in September and are confident they will get a first class education at a fraction of the cost.”

For more information about HNCs at the College and to apply, visit: www.conel.ac.uk/hncs