Higher Education

Thinking of Higher Education? Think Barnfield College

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Studying a degree doesn’t have to mean going to a university. Whether you’re planning on continuing in education, looking to change direction and try something new or in employment and wanting to boost your promotional prospects by upgrading your qualifications, Barnfield College offers an exciting range of full and part-time university-level courses to suit your needs.

We will be accepting Higher Education applications through UCAS from January 2017 onwards. You can apply throughout the year for enrolment onto Higher Education programmes. Please have a look through our courses below or alternatively, contact us for further information.

We offer the following courses:

  • FdA Year 2 Child and Family Studies
  • FdA Year 1 Child and Family Studies
  • HNC Graphic Design (full-time or part-time)
  • HNC Media (Journalism)
  • HNC Media (Film)
  • HNC Public Services (full-time or part-time)
  • HNC Fine Art and Design (full-time or part-time)
  • HNC Fashion and Textiles (full-time or part-time)
  • HNC Music (full-time or part-time)
  • HNC Health and Social Care (full-time or part-time)
  • HNC in Sport and Exercise Science
  • HND Fine Art (full-time or part-time)
  • HND Fashion (full-time or part-time)
  • HND Health and Social Care  (full-time or part-time)
  • HND Music (full-time or part-time)
  • HND Fine Art and Design (full-time or part-time)
  • HND Media (Film)
  • HND Public Services (full-time or part-time)
  • PGCE (part-time)
  • Certificate in Education

These vocational qualifications provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills equivalent to the first two years of a full-time, three-year degree programme. Upon completion, you can opt to progress direct to the third year of relevant degree at university. * Please note that entry directly to the third year at a university is subject to being awarded a place and fees are due for each academic year you study.

Why study Higher Education at Barnfield College?

  • Cost-effective and local
  • ‘Top-up’ to a full Bachelor’s degree at a university or go direct into employment
  • Purpose-built HE centre with a lecture theatre, classrooms and social area
  • Employer-focused curriculum to make you work-ready
  • Highly qualified staff with academic and industry knowledge
  • Flexible options with full-time and part-time study
  • Supportive environment with small class sizes.

Informal talks about programmes can be arranged with members of staff at a time that is convenient to you. For more information on our HE courses or to apply, please email:

Celeste Henney – celeste.henney@barnfield.ac.uk (available Wednesday to Friday)

Mark Williams – mark.williams@barnfield.ac.uk (available Monday to Wednesday)

How to apply

Entry Requirements

Qualifications explained

Student Accommodation

Financing Higher Education

A more detailed guide to studying with us at Barnfield College

Welcome to Barnfield College Higher Education Programmes

First of all, welcome, this Guide to Higher Education at Barnfield has been produced to give you an insight into studying with us. It is full of valuable information to assist you, not only when considering your application but also for when you first start at Barnfield and during your time with us as we aim to help you realise you ambitions and support you in ‘being who you want to be’ in your chosen career.

Barnfield College is in Luton a location from which you can easily access London through its Train Stations and also it has a comprehensive bus route and busway. Luton has the added advantage of being close to the M1 and London Luton Airport.

Luton town centre has bars, restaurants and it is where the Luton Campus of the University of Bedfordshire is situated. Luton has the Mall shopping centre, Cinema, Inspire and the developing Luton Cultural Quarter. Luton Culture is an arts and cultural charity which provides performance and exhibition spaces, studios and a year-round theatre and events programme at the Hat Factory Arts which is where this year the Barnfield students and staff held Fashion, Media, Music and Arts shows and events throughout the year.

We see the opportunity to work across courses in integrated projects as strength. By mixing with other HE students you will benefit from team working, and networking prospects. By undertaking a placement or a live project you will develop your CV, hopefully giving you an edge when it comes to employment.

  • Getting Started

Before you arrive

Before you start your course check this list to make sure you are ready. Some of them you may have done already. We expected all students to arrive with pen and paper, eager to take notes. You will be issued with an equipment list though you may be given this at induction.

  • If you have a medical condition that might, in your opinion, affect your academic performance or have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, you should make this known during enrolment.
  • If you are a full-time student on a programme which will bring you into contact with young children and/or vulnerable adults, then you will need to complete a criminal record check (known properly as a Disclosure and Barring Service check) before you can undertake a work placement. This is a statutory requirement, designed to protect children and/or vulnerable adults. You should receive details of what you need to do but if you have not please contact the course leader for the programme you wish to study with.
  • Check the induction and registration dates and times which have been sent to you.
  • Ensure that you complete and return any forms as requested as soon as you are able to.
  • Apply for any student loans you may want or need to support your study.

Staying Safe while Studying

When you arrive to study

Always bring a notebook and pen and expect to apply good study skills from day one.

Be sure to attend the induction and enrolment sessions for your programme as this will help you understand the course requirements, know your fellow students, the staff and where and when you will be studying. When you enrol, you will collect your student ID card (see below). You should ensure that you bring the following items with you to enrolment: We will also have a Fresher’s Fair so you can see the other activities you may want to participate in.

At induction you will be given course specific information.

Click here to see and download a digital copy of the HE Student Handbook.

Remember to bring with you:

  • A letter stating your offer.
  • Evidence of entry qualifications (original copies required)
  • Documents required for assessing your fees and arranging payment. Please remember to keep at least one copy for yourself.
  • If you have a medical condition, mental health difficulty or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia that you feel may cause you to require alternative assessment arrangements and/or additional academic support, please bring a copy of the medical or other appropriate evidence.

Student Information and Support

The Learning Resource Centre.

The Learning Resource Centres are there to help you research and support your development of academic skills.

Higher Education Students with Additional Learning Needs

We offer a range of services for students with specific learning needs such as dyslexia or visual impairment; we will discuss your individual needs and find out about the support packages which are available and paperwork which may be needed to support any additional funding required.

Student Engagement

Although staff are able to assist and advise students on many issues, particularly those that are academically related, it can sometimes be quicker and more effective for members of the Student Services Unit to follow through requests for assistance. All services, operate on a drop-in basis although some restrictions on time are in place. Appointments or referrals for one-to-one career guidance may be made.


Barnfield Nursery provides a high quality, caring, child centred learning environment, with learning experiences focused on the individual, which meets the needs of children, parents, staff, the college and community. Barnfield College’s Nursery, which is situated on the grounds of the New Bedford Road campus, has been rated Outstanding second time in a row, after its Ofsted inspection last month. The report graded the quality and standards of the early year’s provision as outstanding across all areas.

Click here to see and download a digital copy of the HE Student Handbook.

For more information please contact Student Services on 01582 569 569

Continuing Students

Now you have arrived

If you are new to the area, it is essential that you register with a doctor and/or dentist in the area where you are living.

Become a member of the National Union of Students (NUS). Membership is free, although a charge entitles you to admission at concessionary rates to theatres, cinemas and other places of entertainment, reduced price travel on national and regional coach, bus and rail networks, and many other privileges.

Get to know the Learning Resource Centre so that you know where research and academic support can be found to help you succeed.

Read our other section to get a greater in-depth look at what to expect and the support available.

Student Voice

Helping you to Study at Barnfield

IT Overview, Help, Support and Facilities


Plagiarism and Referencing

Your ID card

You will be issued with an ID card when you enrol on your course. The card should be kept safe as it will be valid throughout the duration of your course. You will need your card to enter campus buildings, to borrow books and other materials from the libraries and your student number when submitting work for assessment and when collecting certificates or when logging on to computer.

If you lose your card, you can obtain a replacement and there is currently a charge of £5 for a replacement card.

If you are a University of Bedfordshire student you will also enrol with them at the start of your course and be issued with a University card as well and as Barnfield College ID.

Rules, Regulations and Policies

At Barnfield College we believe that everyone should be treated fairly, with respect and should be encouraged to reach their full potential. We want you to: Be ready, Be Respectful and Be Safe. There are a range of policy documents you will have access to.

You will be made aware of policies through:

  • Reference in your Handbook given at Induction and available through Moodle or BREO
  • The Induction process itself.
  • In discussion with your tutor
  • In some instances it may be referenced on a project brief for example our plagiarism policy
  • Access to documents through Moodle or BREO

Click here to see and download a digital copy of the HE Student Handbook.

What if I am not sure I have made the right choice?

You will need time to adjust to Higher Education and the difference in level, people, staff and new environments so give yourself a chance. If you feel unsure about the course being right for you, please seek the advice from your tutor. Every year we have a student who decides that they wish to change their programme of study; you can speak also to Student Services, IAG and Careers offering guidance on either your career or further study choices. Read more about some of the help and considerations.

Changing Your Programme

If you feel unsure about the course you are on being right for you, please seek the advice from your tutor.

Please ensure you:

  • Consult a member of academic staff, even if you feel certain you have made the right choice.
  • Try if possible to give yourself time to reflect.
  • Speak to student services, IAG and Careers and ask for guidance on career or further study choices.
  • Make sure you are informed of any financial implications and consider how near you are to completing an academic year before you decide not to attend. That way you keep your options open and may develop your CV before making your choice.

Taking time out, a Gap year or Deferrals

You may need to take a break in your studies. Again please seek guidance from your tutor or HE Subject Area Lead (SAL) studies. There may be other options open to you and each study programme is different as we offer a variety of courses and levels and can tailor advice accordingly. You should also find out about funding implications and the wider impact of interrupting your studies.

Interrupting studies due to Mitigating Circumstances

If you want to extend your deadline due to circumstance that mean your studies may be impacted on or interrupted. You may need evidence but please see your tutor at the first opportunity. There will be paperwork to complete so that an extension can be processed. These requirements will be explained at indication and tutorial opportunities can be used for clearer individual guidance.


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For more information please contact Student Services on 01582 569569

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