Higher Education at Swindon College

Swindon College has a history of providing education to adults in the local area. This began with the provision of educational classes for Great Western Railway employees in 1843. Eventually the Victoria Road Technical College was established in 1896 and heralded the start of our School of Art which was the first purpose built School of Art in the South West and now the oldest! 

The main College campus in Regent Circus was opened in 1961, with North Star campus opening in 1975. The School of Art moved to Euclid Street premises in the 1990’s, but by 2006 all Swindon College provision from the Regents Circus campus was rehoused at North Star campus, following expansion of the existing campus premises there. 

Since 1902 we have offered Higher Education at Swindon College, and over the years have partnered with Universities to bring degree level studies to Swindon, as well as offering HNC and HND as qualifications recognised by industry in many subject areas. 

We have an established relationship with Oxford Brookes University which awards many of our Foundation Degree and Bachelor’s Degrees, and we have a developing partnership with the University of Gloucestershire. 

We work with local businesses to meet their needs in upskilling their workforce, and are always open to opportunities to provide new pathways for Higher Education for the people of Swindon and surrounding areas. Our students are very diverse, and ages range from 18 to 60+! Many are following new career options and have returned to study after having other jobs for many years or raising a family. Attendance at College is designed to fit around work and other commitments.  

Our HE student community is around 350 students who benefit from bespoke industry standard facilities, and staff who are often still practising in their field/industry, as well as access to a common room and computer suite as part of the HE Student Centre.  

Higher Education offers a broad range of qualification options at Level 4 and above. Levels 4-6 are referred to as Undergraduate level. Level 7 is referred to as Postgraduate. Here at Swindon College we offer the following levels and qualifications: 

  • HNC’s  – Level 4  

  • HND’s – Level 5 

  • Foundation Degrees – Level 5 

  • BA (Hons) Degrees – Level 6  

The above qualifications can be funded by Student Finance England tuition fee loans. For further information please see Course Fees and Additional Costs. 

The College also offers professional higher level qualifications with awarding bodies such as AAT and ABE. These can be funded through 19+ loans. Please see Course Fees and Additional Costs for more details. 

For all the courses on offer please look under our course search . You will also find a variety of information in our Higher Education pages.  

We are happy for you to come in and see us for more information on our HE options, or contact us on studentservices@swindon.ac.uk or call 01793 498106. Details of open evenings or HE events can be found on our website.  


Student Finance

All of our higher education courses are eligible for either a Student Loan or Advanced Learner Loan.

These meant that you don't have to start paying for your course until after you have completed your study and are earning £25,000 per year. Financial support is also available from the College.

Please contact studentservices@swindon.ac.uk to discuss your options.



Swindon College works in partnership with key universities and awarding bodies, including Oxford Brookes University, Edexcel, ABE and AAT, to deliver its HE programmes.

Oxford Brookes University have a really useful, impartial web site with lots of advice on university life, such as choosing courses, writing personal statements, student finance and more. For more information, go to: http://unipodadvice.com/.

For some courses you can complete your entire degree right here in Swindon, without having to transfer to a university after the first year.

Find out more about the benefits of studying HE with us.


Access to Higher Education

For more information about routes into Higher Education, please click here.


We provide our HE students with their own common room / learning centre.  For details, click here


Visit an Open Event

To find out more, please feel free to come along to one of our open events.

Meet our tutors, discuss your study options, and get information and advice on issues such as Student Finance, career pathways, childcare and much more.