The Higher National Certificate course will allow students from all backgrounds to gain practical knowledge through a range of creative workshops in response to industry focused briefs. The course is suitable for students progressing from Level 3, Foundation Diploma or A-levels who want a faster and more direct route into the industry, as well as the more mature student who is looking to retrain within the creative arts.
During the course you will study units including: Professional Development, Contextual Studies, Communication in Art Practice, Surface Design, Material and Media Practices. The units will reflect real life industry practice within the Creative Arts, thus allowing you to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible to prepare you for employment.
After successful completion of this study programme you can progress onto the Level 5 Higher National Diploma Course at Cambridge Regional College, attend one of our great feeder Universities joining the second year if the program, or enter employment in the related industry in which you have specialised in.
For students who have recently been in education, the entry requirements are for you to have at least one of the following:
• Level 3 qualification in Art and Design
• GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject
• Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
• Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
• Related work experience
• An international equivalent of the above.
However, for students who are looking to retrain and may not have any of those qualifications above, will be subject to interview. A keen interest within the creative industries is essential, and a portfolio of work would be beneficial.
Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.
We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.
Your work will be continually assessed throughout the year with written assignments, presentations, practical experimentation and portfolios of work.
How to Apply for a Higher Education Course at CRC
There are 3 ways you can apply for your chosen course:
1) Apply online direct from this course page.
Click on the Apply Now button at the top of this page by the course information. By clicking this button, you will be taken to our online application system. This system will ask you to create a new account if you have not created one previously. Once you have created an account you can apply for the course.
2) Apply through UCAS
When you have found your chosen course on the UCAS website, you can apply directly from UCAS. You will need to have created a UCAS account if you do not have one already to apply.
3) Editable HE application form
If you are unable to use the above ways to apply, you can also apply by filling in our downloadable HE Application form. This can be downloaded by visiting this page.
All forms will need to be returned to our admissions team at, The Admissions Office, Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2QT.
For further assistance please contact our Admissions Team at