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Lincoln College University Centre Career Degrees

Lincoln College University Centre is business-led and career-focused. Many of our courses have been designed in conjunction with our business and industry partners, ensuring our students have the opportunity to leave us with a clear pathway to a successful career.


Career Degrees Explained

A highly competitive job market across most sectors can make securing graduate roles challenging. That’s why we’ve developed Career Degrees, to give our students the opportunity to get ahead of the competition at interview and help them secure the career of their dreams.

What Programmes Are Available?

We have a variety of courses covering a wide range of subject areas, including Animal Management, Business, Construction, Computing, Education, Engineering, Health, Photography and Digital Media, Policing, Sports, and Travel and Tourism Management. Our provision also offers unique and specialist subjects, including Clinical HerbalismMusical Instrument Crafts and Air and Space.

View Our Full List of Courses  

Institute of Technology

Find out more about the Lincolnshire Institute of Technology (IOT). The IOT specialises in delivering high quality technical education with a focus on Engineering, Digital, and Automotive subjects. 

Open Days

We hold regular in-person open days throughout the year. Join us to hear from our expert tutors and to tour our campus and facilities. Find out more and register for an open day.

Chat with our students and staff

Got a question or want to learn more? Our student and staff digital ambassadors are here to help on our online messaging platform. Chat with our students and staff or learn more about unibuddy.

T Levels

A T Level is a nationally recognised qualification that is worth the same number of UCAS points as 3 A levels. Our Higher Education courses accept relevant T Levels as part of entry requirements.


For more information on Graduation 2023, please visit our dedicated Graduation Information page.

Access to University

Lincoln College’s Access to University (also known as Access to Higher Education) courses are designed to support adult learners in their progression to a wide range of degrees. We work closely with higher education institutions, including our own degree provision, to ensure students are equipped with the skills they need for further study. There is no upper age limit so if you have been out of education for a while, or wish to change career direction and need a degree, then this is suitable for you. Learn more.

TEF Silver

Lincoln College University Centre’s unique offer is awarded top quality stamp - TEF Silver

A panel of Higher Education experts recognised the Centre for its “teaching, assessment and feedback”, the “research, innovation, scholarship, professional practice and employer engagement” as well as the “staff professional development and academic practice”, “learning environment and academic support”, “learning resources” and “student engagement”. Read more

Career Degree Benefits

Smaller Class Sizes

Our classes are smaller which means students can get more one-to-one time with their tutors, as well as engaging debates and conversations with their fellow students.

Condensed Timetables

With our condensed timetables, students may choose to work while studying, look after family or enjoy a better study-life balance.

Most of the time the timetable will be split across a couple of days during the working week.

Career Degree Bursary

The Career Degree bursary was established in order to enhance our Higher Education students’ academic programme and support their studies - helping to make our students more employable, industry prepared and equipped for life as a graduate.

The Career Degree Bursary is made up of two components:

1. A bursary of up to £500 for full-time students and up to £250 for part-time students over the course of their programme to support any aspect of independent study. 

2. In addition, course coordinators will be allocated an additional payment to spend each academic year on enhancements that will support the development of employability skills and progression to graduate level employment. Students are encouraged to discuss ideas on how this can be spent with their tutors.

Learn more about this bursary under the Financial Support section.


Many of our courses have been designed in partnership with businesses, so we know that the skills our students are learning are exactly what they will need to find a job.

All courses have high vocational relevance and links to industry so students can use their learning in real life situations.

Partner Institutions

We work with a number of partner institutions who validate our higher education Career Degrees.

These validated courses have been approved by the applicable university for delivery by Lincoln College, with the final award being issued by the university partner.

Our partners include:

University of Hull

University of Derby

Bishop Grosseteste University

The Open University


Fees, Finance & Support


Our fees are lower than most universities and with the range of financial support available for our higher education students, we can help our students to achieve their dream careers.

Our full-time course fees for Home students are between £6,500 and £9,250 per academic year. This compares favourably with the amount charged by other universities. 

Part-time students are charged a proportion of the full-time fee according to how much they are studying.

International Student fees are listed on the individual course pages.

Tuition Fee Loan

Eligible students studying their first higher education funded course usually don't have to pay tuition fees upfront. Instead, Tuition Fee Loans are available to UK residents.

These are repayable after students graduate or leave their course and earn over a minimum salary.

There's lots more information on Student Finance on the UCAS website or the Government website.

Maintenance Loan for Living Costs

Loans from the government are available for full-time students to assist with their living expenses.  To receive the full Maintenance Loan, when applying applicants will have to give details of their household income (parents' or partner's income plus their own).

The maximum Maintenance Loan for new students starting from 1 September 2023 is:

  • £9,978 if living away from home and studying at a university or college outside of London
  • £8,400 if living at home

This will be repayable after a student graduates or leaves their course and earns above a minimum salary.

Financial Support

Certain students may be eligible for additional financial support from us.

Hardship Fund

Students that find themselves in financial hardship during the academic year can apply to the Hardship Fund, which exists to support the retention of students. 

Both full-time and part-time students can apply to the fund. The level of an award is at the discretion of the College and subject to funds available.

For more information email: 


Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

The Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) can provide additional support to help you in your studies for students with diagnosed conditions. 

For more information, please visit the UCAS information page

If you apply for DSA, the College can implement the recommendations within the report. Please give the details below to your tutor and ask for the information to be sent across. 

If you would prefer the College not to know that you have applied for DSA, there are options to decline support, and we can discuss what information, if any, you want to share. 

If you have any questions about DSA, or the support that may be available to you, please contact Student Services email


Career Degree Bursary

The Career Degree bursary is made up of two components:

1. A bursary of up to £500 for full-time students and up to £250 for part-time students over the course of their programme to support any aspect of independent study. This could include:

  • Electronic devices (laptop, tablet)
  • IT or recording equipment (printer, camera, keyboard)
  • IT support equipment (tripod, monitor brackets)
  • Home office furniture (desk, chair)
  • Software or licences (Adobe, Silicone Coach)
  • Course-specific equipment and resources (tools, uniform/kit, books)  
  • DBS Checks

2. In addition, course coordinators will be allocated an additional payment to spend each academic year on enhancements that will support the development of employability skills and progression to graduate level employment. Students are encouraged to discuss ideas on how this can be spent with their tutors.

These additional enhancements might include:

  • Short courses or workshops with external agencies (First Aid, coaching awards)
  • Industry visits
  • Visits to trade shows or industry-specific exhibitions or events
  • Guest speakers
  • Student exhibitions

*It cannot be substituted for cash, fee waiver or in-kind support funds. Excludes degree apprentices.

Please see full terms on our Policies webpage. For more information email: 


Lincoln College University Centre Returner Incentive

The Lincoln College University Centre HE Returner Incentive is available to students from Lincoln College and Newark College who progress directly from a full Level 3 programme onto a full-time Higher Education course at Lincoln College or Newark College. A full Level 3 programme can include:

  • A vocational study programme from any area (equivalent to 3 A Levels)

  • A Levels / T Levels and academic study programmes
  • Access to HE
  • Musical Instrument Craft Foundation Level 3

In order to be eligible for the returner incentive, students must progress immediately from their Level 3 programme onto a full-time Higher Education course in the subsequent academic year. The £1,000 payment is made following successful completion of year one study and full enrolment onto year two. Year one completion must be confirmed by a Lincoln College board of examiners.

Students are not eligible for this incentive if they:

  • Have not completed a full Level 3 programme
  • Have taken a break in study
  • Have completed an apprenticeship at Level 3
  • Progress onto a degree apprenticeship
  • Progress onto a HE course but study part-time

For more information email: 


Access Scholarship: 

Students must satisfy the following criteria in order to qualify for the ‘Access Scholarship’:  

  • Studying an undergraduate course which began on or after 1st September 2014 that is not funded by an employer or sponsor  
  • Have a household income (as assessed by an awarding authority such as Student Finance England) of £25,000 or less  

Students satisfying these conditions will be awarded an ‘Access Scholarship’ at the following rates according to their enrolled mode of study:  

Part-time: £100  

Full-time: £200  

Payments will be made in two instalments, typically November (50%) and February (50%). 

For more information email: 


APP Enhanced Bursary: 

Additional funding support will be available for:  

  • Mature students (aged 21 or over at the start of your course): £100  
  • Student parents in receipt of both a parental learning allowance and a childcare grant*: £500 
  • Student parents in receipt of a parental learning allowance only*: £200  
  • Students aged 18-20 years old from a Low Participation Neighbourhood: £150 
  • Care leavers*: £500  
  • Registered carers*: £500 

*Upon receipt of appropriate supporting evidence 

For more information email: 

Careers Advice & Bespoke Support

Personal one-to-one careers guidance is available for all our learners. Our fully qualified and experienced careers guidance practitioners provide impartial advice and guidance.

Our qualified Careers Guidance Advisers support learners in their career planning and help them make well informed decisions about their progression and future plans.

They can help with:

  • Career planning and career decisions
  • Researching career opportunities
  • UCAS applications and personal statements
  • Job search and application skills, including CV advice

We help students to draw an action plan of the steps they need to take to achieve their career and education goals.

To make an appointment with a Careers Guidance Adviser call our Careers and Course Information Office on 030 030 32435 or email:


Bespoke Support:

Lincoln College believes that all students should benefit from studying and learning, regardless of their background, and we endeavour to ensure that barriers students face are limited. We are committed to supporting all of our students and wish to ensure that under-represented groups are able to study and achieve their best. We address areas for improvement through our Access and Participation Plan.

Lincoln College offer lots of opportunities to enhance students' studies including one-to-one sessions, workshops and seminars throughout the year. These include:

• One-to-one coaching to equip students with skills to be successful in their educational and life journey. 

• One-to-one appointments with our academic writing officer to help to improve students' critical thinking, writing style and assignment structure. 

• Workshops and seminars covering topics such as stress management, time management, how to write well and how to write a dissertation. 

Find out more about the Careers Guidance Team on our Careers website.

Access to University (HE)

Lincoln College’s Access to University courses are designed to support adult learners in their progression to a wide range of degrees.

We work closely with our degree provision to ensure students are equipped with the skills they need for further study.

There is no upper age limit so if you have been out of education for a while, or wish to change career direction and need a degree, then this is suitable for you.

Our one-year Access to University courses have 100% pass rates and the same UCAS points as three A-Levels.  

All subjects studied have higher education study skills embedded in the learning, developing academic writing, research skills, referencing, presentation skills and report writing.  Full support in applying to higher education through the UCAS process is also provided.

Learn More

Access to University Course Guide 23/24

Course Guide & HE Handbook

You can view or download the Course Guide (prospectus) or the HE Student Handbook below.

Career Degree Course Guide

HE Student Handbook

Life at College

Life in the City

Lincoln is a beautiful historic city with a bustling high street and nightlife with lots to keep students busy.

Events and festivals - Enjoy year round events and festivals taking place across Lincoln, including Lost Village Festival and the famous Christmas Market. Keep up with what's going on over at Visit Lincoln.

Eating out and nightlife - Lincoln boats a variety of places to eat and drink. From bars, nightclubs and independent restaurants to traditional pubs serving delicious grub.

Shopping haven - From high street hits to independent stores and boutiques, there's a wide variety to choose from across the city.

Art and culture - Live gigs, concerts, comedy, theatre and dance plus art galleries and museums.

Historic hub - 2,000 years of history, the stunning Lincoln Cathedral and the Castle, home to the 1215 Magna Carta.


After choosing a course, one of the biggest decisions will be where to live while studying.

Although we do not have our own accommodation at the College, there is a plentiful supply located in the city, within walking distance of the College and both rail and bus stations. 

View our Living in Lincoln guide.

For Newark, please see our Living in Newark guide.

Halls of Residence

iQ Pavillions – Ruston Way, Lincoln LN6 7BQ

Offering a wide range of room types from studios to apartments of 2 - 6 en-suite bedrooms, features include broadband internet, a mini-supermarket for all the essentials and a laundrette.  Additionally there is a coffee bar lounge with Sky TV, pool tables, air hockey and vending machines.

More information

Danesgate House – Grantham Street, Lincoln LN2 1BA

Located 5 minutes walk from the College,  these studio and en-suite apartments have been recently refurbished and include flat screen TV in shared areas, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and bike storage.

More information

The Junxion – Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln LN5 7BG

4, 5, or 6 en-suite bedroom apartments sharing communal areas which have leather sofas, 32” LCD televisions, Freeview and dishwashers.  Facilities include a laundrette and cash machines.

For more information and to apply, contact Mezzino on 01522 548562.

More information

Brayford Quay – Newland, Lincoln LN1 1YA

Overlooking the waterfront, these 5 or 6 en-suite bedroom apartments have broadband internet and Freeview TV in communal areas.  Other features include an onsite laundrette and gym.

More information

Park Court – 50 Park Street, Lincoln LN1 1UR

Located only a two minute walk from the city centre, these 4 or 5 en-suite bedroom apartments share fully fitted kitchens.  There is also laundry facilities and a common room with widescreen TV with Freeview, a pool table and gaming and vending machines.

More information

Brayford Court – 57- 59 Carholme Road, Lincoln LN1 1RN

3, 4, 5 or 6 bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens, LCD TVs in living areas and wireless internet connection.  Additional features include lift access to all floors, onsite laundry facilities and a free cleaning service every fortnight.

More information

Shared Houses/Flats

There are pleasant privately-owned houses in Lincoln, available near the city centre and within walking distance of the College. The cost of housing in Lincoln is considerably cheaper than in many other big cities with rents from as little as £55 per week.

The following list provides the details of some of the organisations that manage student accommodation in Lincoln:

Student Living
Tel: 0845 331 3317

JVS Homes
Tel: 01522 827597

APS Properties
Tel: 01522 797307

Lighthouse Property Services
Tel: 01522 780020

Student Housing Lincoln
Tel: 01522 410646

Lincoln Digs
Tel: 01522 308609

Tel: 01522 308609

City Lets
Tel: 01427 787738

Tel: 07881292506

Disclaimer:  These details are provided for information only and should not be taken as an endorsement of any kind by the College of the organisations included. The College accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage or inconvenience arising as a result of a student accepting accommodation through any of the organisations. The responsibility for finding and paying for suitable accommodation rests solely with the student.

Qualification Guide

We offer a range of Higher Education qualifications at various levels.

Access Courses

Access programmes are established nationally as an alternative to A-Level entry to degree and diploma programmes. They provide entry to a degree or diploma with no previous qualifications and provide grounding in the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully progress to a higher education course. We offer various ‘pathways’ that allow entry onto specific degree courses.

HNC (Higher National Certificate)

An HNC is ideal for anyone who wants an introduction to their chosen subject. Most students who choose to study for an HNC do so part-time over two years while they continue to work. There is the option to do additional modules to progress to an HND, and from there to top up to a full Bachelor's Degree.

HND (Higher National Diploma)

HNDs are available in a wide range of subjects – mainly vocational. HNC/HNDs are well known by employers so this can increase employability. Entry requirements are generally lower than those needed for degrees. A full-time HND will likely take two years but longer if it includes an industrial placement. There is the option to top-up to a full degree with further study, either at Lincoln College or other institutions. 

Professional Qualifications

The College offers several qualifications accredited by professional organisations, such as the ILM and AAT. These qualifications are designed with the needs of the profession in mind, and are often the only route into a given profession.

Foundation Degrees (FdSc & FdA)

These two-year degree courses are a cheaper and faster alternative to traditional three-year undergraduate courses. They combine the level of learning offered by a degree programme, with practical, commercial experience. Foundation degrees are particularly popular with employers for a number of reasons: they enhance the knowledge and skills of existing employees; increase productivity and competitiveness; change the skill set of existing employees; develop employees within the business and train new employees to learn their job quicker.

Foundation degrees normally take two years if studied full-time and are a valuable qualification in their own right. They can also be a stepping stone to undergraduate degrees and other studies. Foundation Degrees are awarded in Art (FdA) or Science (FdSc).


The title of undergraduate degrees varies depending on the subject studied, from a BA (Bachelor of Arts) to a BSc (Bachelor of Science). Following completion of a first degree, some people progress to a postgraduate degree, either taught for example an MA (Master of Arts) or a research programme, often called a doctorate, and awarded with a PhD or Doctor of Philosophy.


Our students have access to a wide range of industry-standard facilities. 

Gym, Sports & Salon

Starting September 2024, Lincoln College University Centre students get free gym membership (including classes) at our on-site Deans Sports and Leisure facility, allowing students access to our purpose-built gym with 40 training stations. Students can also access our squash and badminton courts, basketball courts and five-aside football pitches for free (when available) - plus access to our free outdoor gym with training track at Deans Park.

Our students can enjoy a range of therapies and massages at our Complementary Medicine Clinic, as well as have access to our hair and beauty salon.


The Lincoln College campus has two refectories and Costa coffee concessions offering a range of healthy and fast-food options.

For something a little different, students can enjoy a meal at Sessions Restaurant – a high-end eatery staffed by our College chefs and catering students.

All of these facilities are available at heavily discounted student rates.


Our spacious and well-equipped libraries are designed to provide a safe, supportive and stimulating environment for independent study.

Students have access to computers and laptops to use within the library or can also use their own laptop or mobile device with WiFi hotspots available across campus.

The resources in the library are arranged in colour-coded subject zones to help find the books and periodicals needed.

Students can borrow 20 items at a time. Providing a reservation has not been placed on an item, loans are automatically renewed four times without needing to bring the loans into the library. Items must be returned to the helpdesk every 5th renewal.

A team of experienced library staff are always on hand to help learners find resources for their studies.

Our Library Information Advisers offer study skills workshops including; locating information for assignments and referencing.

The library opening times can be found over on the Library website

Common Room

Our Higher Education students have access to the HE Common Room (The Drawing Room) in the newly-refurbished Gibney building.

The Common Room offers computer access and WiFi, an MFD printer and sofas to relax, with free tea and coffee facilities.

Students studying at our CHT campus (Christ Hospital Terrace) have their own common room to study, unwind and relax in whilst at college. This also has kitchen facilities with free tea and coffee.

HE Students Common Room - The Drawing Room, Gibney Building

CHT HE Students Common Room 

Student Discount (TOTUM)

Our students are able to join the TOTUM discount scheme.

Once a student has enrolled they'll be able to download TOTUM Digital app from the Play or App Store free of charge and login in to get discounts.

Students can upgrade to full membership for an annual fee to get further savings on entertainment, online shopping and essentials.

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Graduate in Style

Graduate in the amazing Lincoln Cathedral. 

All of our university-level students graduate in an annual ceremony held in and around the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral.


What Our Students Say

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

Thomas Hughes, graduates in 2023

Why did you choose this degree course and why Lincoln College? 

“I chose this degree course mainly because I want to pursue a career in cybersecurity. I had offers from a few other universities but the staff and the quality of learning I would get by having the smaller group sizes at Lincoln College appealed more to me. Since I knew all the tutors beforehand it made the transition from Level 3 to BSc a lot easier to overcome.”

What do you enjoy most about your course? 

“I think the small class sizes alongside the friendly tutors enable for a very enjoyable learning environment which I believe is the most enjoyable aspect of the course.”

What advice would you give to someone else looking at studying the same course? 

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions as they will become your best friend and time management will become crucial so keep a journal or something to plan your time.”

BA (Hons) Business and Management

Matthew Harrison, graduated in 2022 

Why did you choose this course? 

“I chose this course as it offered learning opportunities in a range of modules that are relevant in the business environment. It gives an insight into various areas of business and supports my goal of career progression within a job role in the future. I chose to study this course at Lincoln College due to the smaller class sizes and support available.”  

What did you enjoy most about your course? 

“As marketing has become a keen interest of mine, I enjoyed the marketing and digital marketing modules as this affirmed that this is the path I want to follow post study. I have also enjoyed the collaboration with peers and the different assessment types, taking me out of my comfort zone and developing my personal and academic skills.”  

What advice would you give to someone else looking at studying the same course? 

“To engage and maintain a professional relationship with tutors and staff as this has benefitted my experience and allowed me to grow in confidence and ability as the course progressed. Also, keeping up to date with current affairs in the business world will allow you to apply the content you learn to real world scenarios. Independent study is also important in developing knowledge and supporting the content delivered in lectures.”  

Do you have any further comments about the course or Lincoln College? 

“The Covid pandemic has dictated how the course has been delivered but the support and encouragement from tutors and staff has been consistent and valuable throughout. This has enabled my learning to be of a high standard and I have had a positive, enjoyable experience of the course.”  

BA (Hons) Commercial Photography and Digital Media

Rowan Campbell, graduated in 2019

Why did you choose this course and why Lincoln College? 

“When I first started doing the Level 3 Extended Diploma in photography, I never really had any intentions of doing any further courses. It was after speaking to the tutors I then decided to further my studies.  

The course offers so much, the chance to be able to learn new skills and extended the ones you have as well as develop your own style/ area you want to go into with the support of the tutors.” 

What did you enjoy most about your course? 

“If I’m honest, I loved every second even the times I felt like launching my textbooks out the window! I enjoyed the trips and being able to see new things and learn about the history of photography, read new books and being able to delve into different photographers’ work. I used to love studio days, it was a chance to develop/perfect skills and learn new techniques with the support of your tutor and the rest of the class, it became such a fun lesson, and everyone worked as a team and bounced ideas around to get the perfect final photo.  

Everything I learned throughout the lessons gave me what I needed to create my final photos for the last brief of uni. I can also say after I graduated, I went on to be a self-employed photographer.” 

BA (Hons) Musical Instrument Craft

Becky Houghton, graduated in 2008

Why did you choose this course? 

“I had always wanted to be a violin maker from the age of 13. I asked the maker who I bought my viola from at age 13 what I had to do to become one and he told me that it was “no job for a young lady”! I then continued to get a music degree and went on to have a family because at the time I didn’t think to question him or that he might be wrong. It wasn’t until my husband was passing Newark College one day and picked up the paperwork that I applied. The rest is history!” 

What did you enjoy most about your course? 

“I instantly felt that the other people who were on the course were just like me. It takes a certain sort of person to study lutherie I think!  The tutors were all fantastic and I loved working with wood.” 

What advice would you give to someone else looking at studying the same course? 

“Go for it. Put in the hours, learn as much as you can from the tutors and your fellow students and make as many connections as you can.”  

Do you have any further comments about the course or Lincoln / Newark College? 

“Newark School of Violin Making is a jewel nestled away in the UK’s education system. Its reputation is world renowned and due to the passionate staff and wonderful teaching it must be preserved. I had a wonderful time and I hope it will always be there for subsequent generations of makers and restorers.”  

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Student Services are here to help

Our specialist team of professional Student Support Advisors can offer guidance and support on a wide range of financial, personal and career-related issues.

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Policy Documents

View all of the policies, including from validating partners, relating to our Higher Education offering here.

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Supporting your young person

Helpful information webpage to help parents and carers support their young person in studying a Higher Education course.

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How to Apply

Instructions on how to apply for individual courses are detailed on each course page.

Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS - this requires the UCAS course code which can be found on the course page.

Part-time applications can be made directly to the College.

Full List of Career Degree Courses

Need Careers Info or Advice?

Book a guidance session with one of our careers advisors who can help discuss the different options available.

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