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What qualifications do you offer?

NCC Education works in partnership with centres to offer a comprehensive portfolio of qualifications in Business and Information Technology, Computing and English Language. These are designed to meet the career needs of students from entry level through to degree and master’s level. For an overview visit our qualifications page.

Foundation (QCF Level 3)

Our foundation qualifications are designed to meet the needs of students looking to acquire the relevant skills and knowledge needed for further study via the NCC Education Degree Journey, or enhance their skills within the workplace and increase their career prospects.  The NCC Education foundation level qualifications have been designed to enable students to gain access to various undergraduate degrees at universities around the world.

Diploma (QCF Level 4)

Ideal for students seeking entry to year 2 of a UK undergraduate honours degree. NCC Education diploma qualifications in Business or IT are equivalent to year 1 of a three-year UK honours degree.

Advanced Diploma (QCF Level 5)

A progression from the NCC Education diploma level qualifications, aimed at students with previous IT and Business experience, who are seeking progression to the final year of a UK undergraduate honours degree.  The NCC Education advanced diploma programmes in Business or IT are equivalent to year 2 of a three-year UK honours degree.

Degree (QCF Level 6)

NCC Education degree qualifications are awarded by respected UK universities with which NCC Education has partnership agreements. Students are eligible to apply for direct entry onto degree programmes following the successful completion of the NCC Education advanced diploma programmes in Computing.

Postgraduate / Master's (Level 7)

Our postgraduate and master's level qualifications are designed for candidates seeking further Higher Education level study or for those pursuing senior management posts in the fields of Business or IT.  Our range of postgraduate and master's level qualifications are at Level 7 of the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF). This is equivalent to Level 7 (previously Level ‘M’) of the framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ), which is used in UK universities. Each master’s qualification is awarded by a UK university.

What is the NCC Education Degree Journey?

The NCC Education degree journey consists of three individual qualifications:

  1. Level 4 Diploma in Business/ Computing/ Business IT
  2. Level 5 Diploma in Business/ Computing/ Business IT
  3. Degree top-up year with a choice of UK universities*

Each qualification leads directly to the next level. Upon completion of each qualification students receive a certificate stating that they have passed the qualification.  NCC Education qualifications are recognised by numerous universities worldwide and can be studied as part of a complete pathway, or as stand-alone qualifications.

A degree can be achieved within three years after starting a diploma in either Business/Computing or Business Information Technology.


*Students have the choice of studying either in their home country or in the UK.  Students who choose to study in-country can access top-up qualifications through their centre or via online learning.  Students who wish to apply to study in the UK will need to arrange a student visa.

Centres manage the complete life cycle of a student who embarks on the degree journey and by becoming accredited for qualifications and programmes at every level, provide their students with a complete education.


Can I deliver qualifications for students full-time and part-time?

NCC Education qualifications are extremely flexible and can be delivered either full-time or part-time, to fit in with the needs of centres and students.

How many teaching hours do I need to provide?

This will vary dependent on the Guided Learning Hours (GLH) which are associated with the qualification(s) you choose to teach. The GLH remain the same whether they are being taught full or part-time. Provided the GLH are adhered to we offer flexibility to centres to allow qualifications and programmes to be taught over alternative periods of time.

What does Guided Learning Hours (GLH) stand for?

Guided Learning Hours refer to contact teaching hours. They do not include private study or time spent taking an assessment. GLH provide a useful indication for teachers and learners of the size of the qualification.

To review the GLH which relate to each qualification and programme please refer to the individual qualifications specifications.

How much do your qualifications cost to deliver?

The costs will vary according to whether you choose Approved Centre status or Accredited Partner status. Our Business Development team will consult with your centre and create a bespoke offering to meet the needs of your centre and the market you work in. To make an enquiry simply complete an expression of interest form.



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