Options for HE study

A guide to the different types of university courses and qualifications offered at CAVC...

Foundation Degrees

Foundation Degrees integrate academic and work-based learning through collaboration between employers and programme providers. They are intended to equip you with skills and knowledge relevant to industry. Foundation Degrees provide a self-standing qualification but also offer progression opportunities for further study. Usually studied over two years, full-time (approx. three years part-time), successful students have the opportunity to "top-up" to a full degree with our partner universities.

For more information regarding the defining characteristics of Foundation Degrees you may refer to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Foundation Degrees Benchmark Statement.


If you are looking for a work-related qualification which will advance your career, give you practical skills and which may lead on to higher study, our HNC and HND courses are a great study option. Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas are industry-related qualifications which are highly valued by employers. HNCs and HNDs combine academic and hands-on practical and vocational learning which will develop the skills you need for the workplace.

Degree courses BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons)

Cardiff and Vale College offers some exciting full degree courses. These are delivered in partnership with a number of universities and equip you with a full degree qualification in your area of interest.

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PgCE)/ Professional Certificate in Education (ProfCE)

In partnership with the University of South Wales, CAVC offers both these qualifications in Post-compulsory Education and Training to enable you to gain a nationally recognised qualification to teach in the post-compulsory sector.


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