Career Degrees explained
Our Career Degrees are focused on preparing graduates for employment in their chosen sector or industry by supporting the development of both academic knowledge and vocational skills.
You will receive a £500 Career Degree Bursary for full time students and £250 for part-time students for every year of study. This enables you to enhance your main academic programme with additional qualifications, activities and experiences that are vocationally relevant and give you a competitive advantage over other graduates in the job market.
These include industry qualifications, professional accreditation, conferences, events and employer-led activities.
The Career Degree Bursary is not available to apprentices.
At the end of your studies, you will walk away with a degree and a raft of qualifications that will mean you have the competitive edge over students graduating from other higher education suppliers.
You can also find out more about our new Institute of Technology (IOT). The IOT specialises in delivering higher technical education with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
Find out more here - Institute of Technology (IOT)
We are holding regular virtual open days where you can hear presentations from our tutors and take part in live Zoom Q& A sessions.
Smaller class sizes
Our condensed timetables mean you can work while studying, look after the kids or live a better study-life balance.
Most of the time your timetable will be split across a couple of days during the working week.Find a degree course
Career Degree Bursary
A bursary of £500 for full time students and £250 for part-time students per year of study will be available for you to spend on additional industry qualifications, professional accreditation, conferences, events and employer-led activities.
This will put you ahead of the game in interview.Find a degree course
Many of our courses have been designed in partnership with businesses, so we know that the skills you are learning are exactly what you 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.Find a degree course
Our response to COVID-19
As you are no doubt aware, we have entered into a second national lockdown as a result of increasing COVID-19 cases across the country. Providers of education are exempt from this lockdown, however, and we are being encouraged to maintain a positive learning experience for students to the greatest extent possible.
The College is committed to each and every one of you and we will do our level best to support you in continuing with your studies.
As a Further Education College we are reviewing the advice and guidance from the Department for Education (DfE), the Association of Colleges (AoC) and the Office for Students (OfS) on a daily basis in order to establish our institutional approach.
You will see regular updates posted on our website alongside specific information regarding changes to our policies, expectations for student attendance and the mechanisms for reporting absences.
In the same way as we did last year, we will continue to work with our validating partner institutions to ensure that any specific plans for mitigation are clearly identifiable and that they are communicated to you.
We have put in place a number of mitigation measures already as a result of the process that we followed in 2019/20 and in some cases we have made changes to assessments and/or delivery schedules to ensure that the impact of further disruption is minimised.
Please rest assured that we are working hard to balance our delivery strategy at HE course level with the DfE, AoC and OfS guidelines. In some areas you may see a short-term increase in the ratio of online delivery, you may also be informed of changes to the practical delivery schedule as a result of restricted access to practical facilities.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach that can be applied across all courses, but your tutors and the academic managers within your curriculum areas will ensure that you receive the information that is relevant to you in a timely manner.
These are uncertain and challenging times, but please rest assured that we are doing all we can to support you.
Our fees are lower than most universities and with the range of financial support available for higher education students, we can help you get your dream career without unmanageable debts.
Our full-time course fees are between £6,500 and £7,999 per academic year. This compares very favourably with the amount charged by most universities.
Part-time students are charged a proportion of the full-time fee according to how much they are studying, for example, a student taking half the study that a full-time student takes would be charged approximately half of the full-time fee.
Tuition Fee Loan
Eligible students studying their first higher education funded course don't have to pay tuition fees upfront. Instead, Tuition Fee Loans are available to UK and EU residents.
These are repayable after you graduate or leave your course and earn over £26,575 a year.
Maintenance Loan for living costs
Loans from the government are available for full-time students to assist with their living expenses. If you want to get the full Maintenance Loan, you will have to give details of your household income (your parents' or partner's income plus your own).
The maximum Maintenance Loan for new students starting from 1 September 2020 is:
- £9,203 if you are living away from home and studying at a university or college outside of London
- £7,747 if you are living at home
These are repayable after you graduate or leave your course and earn over £25,725 a year.
The maximum Maintenance Loan for new students starting from 1 September 2021 is:
- £9,488 if you are living away from home and studying at a university or college outside of London
- £7,987 if you are living at home
These will be repayable after you graduate or leave your course and earn over £26,575 a year.
Bursaries and other financial support
You may be eligible for additional support from us.
Career Degree Bursary
The Career Degree bursary must be spent on additional courses and activities offered to students each year. This package is available at the same amount, £500 for full-time students and £250 for part-time students, during each year of study. Students can choose from a wide range of qualifications, short courses and course-related activities as part of this offer. It cannot be substituted for cash, fee waiver or in-kind support funds.
Students that find themselves in financial hardship during the academic year can apply to the HE 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.
Career Degree Bursary
Career Degree Bursary
The Career Degree Bursary must be spent on additional courses and activities offered to students each year. This package is available at the same amount, £500 for full-time students and £250 for part-time students, during each year of study. Students can choose from a wide range of qualifications, short courses and course-related activities as part of this offer. It cannot be substituted for cash, fee waiver or in-kind support funds.
Example Undergraduate loan repayment based on annual salary
Your repayments are automatically deducted from your pay through the tax system.
These amounts below are repayable once you graduate or leave the course and earn more than £26,575 per year:
|Annual income before tax||Monthly Income before tax||Monthly repayment|
|Up to £26,575||£2,214||£0|
**Information correct as of May 2020**
Life in the city
Lincoln is a beautiful historic city with a bustling high street and nightlife with lots to keep you busy.
Events and festivals - Enjoy year round events and festivals taking place across Lincoln including Lost Village Festival and the famous Christmas Market. You can 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 the most delicious grub.
Shopping haven - From high street hits to independent stores and boutiques, you'll find a wide variety 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 your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where you will 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.
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.
Cathedral Street Apartments – Cathedral Street, Lincoln LN2 5HQ
Located close to the College campus, these 2 - 6 bedroom apartments share kitchens, lounges and shower rooms. Rents include utilities, broadband internet and contents insurance.
Aqua House – Harvey Street, Lincoln LN1 1TE
75 bedroom student accommodation with television and wireless internet access and shared kitchens, bathrooms and laundry facilities.
For more information and to apply, contact Student Living on 0845 331 3317.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
We offer a range of Higher Education qualifications at various levels.
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 Bachelors 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 will increase your employability. Entry requirements are generally lower than those needed for degrees. A full time HND will probably take 2 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 local universities.
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.
At Lincoln College you have the incredible advantage of a state-of-the-art gym with 40 training stations, squash and badminton courts, basketball courts, five-aside football pitches and an outdoor gym with training track all on-campus at Deans Sport and Leisure. We offer some of the best facilities in the city and they are all available to our students at a discounted rate.
If you need to unwind there's no better place to do it than our luxury spa with spa pool, steam rooms, ice bath and massage service.
And if you need to spruce up for the weekend you can pop in to our heavily-discounted hair and beauty salons.
Our refectories serve great hot and cold food options and we even have our own high-end restaurant where all of the food is prepared and served by our Catering and Hospitality students.
Our well stocked Library provides access to the books for your course, along with a collection of electronic resources including online academic journals to support you in your studies. Experienced Library staff are on hand to provide group and one to one study support for your research and study needs.
For more information, view our HE Student Handbook
Graduate in style
All of our university-level students graduate in an annual ceremony held in and around the ground of Lincoln Cathedral.
A campus in the thick of it
Our campus sits at the heart of Lincoln. You'll find a host of bars, coffee shops, restaurants, shops and other activities to choose from while your studying.
This means you'll also be closer to the local businesses we already work with - so you'll benefit from external visitors, seminars and even work placements if you choose.
This also means if you're already working in Lincoln city centre and trying to bolster your CV with a degree, we're within easy walking distance from town.
Find out more about what's going on in Lincoln here.
Whatever the issue - we can help
There are lots of barriers that can get in the way of you doing well at college.
We can help with mental health, safeguarding, financial and practical issues you may have.Find out more about support
Our Career Degree terms and conditions...
Once you have accepted an offer of a place on a Higher Education programme of study at Lincoln College, a legal contract is formed between you and the College based on the terms and conditions of your offer and the terms and conditions set out in this document. The document also includes information about how to initiate a transfer to or from an alternative place of study.Read T&Cs
You can read all of our policies relating to Higher Education hereRead our policies
How to Apply
Instructions on how to apply for individual courses are detailed on each course page.
Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS - you'll need the course code which can be found on your chosen course page.
Part-time applications can be made directly to the College here.Full list of Career Degree courses