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Lincoln College University Centre

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.

Lincoln College University Centre

There are many reasons our students choose to study their degree with at Lincoln College University Centre, whether it is continuing from Further Education or coming back to study after a career change, we’ve ensured that our Career Degree courses give our students the opportunity to secure their dream career.

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.

Links to the individual course pages can be found at the bottom of this page or via the course search.

Why Choose Us?

Smaller Lecture and Tutor Groups

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

Condensed Timetables

With our condensed timetables, students may choose to work while studying, enjoying a better study-life balance.

Dedicated Support

Our students can access free support from mental health to academic writing.

Increased Employability

We work in partnership with local and national businesses, so we know that our students are learning exactly what they need.

Don't just take our word for it!

Hear what our current and past student say about their experience studying at Lincoln College University Centre.

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

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 did 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.

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

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.

Why did you choose this degree 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 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.


Ask a student a question

Deciding what course and where to study is an important decision. That's why we believe it's important to be able to ask questions and chat with current students to help you make the right decision about what and where to study your degree.

Our online platform, unibuddy, is a free and easy way to allow you to message our friendly student unibuddy ambassadors to ask any questions you might have and start a conversation. Get involved today and start chatting!


Higher Education could be exactly what you need to begin the career of your dreams, but how do you know if it’s right for you? Check out the FAQs below or get in touch with us directly by contacting us here.

We’ve designed our Career Degrees to focus on preparing graduates for employment in their chosen sector or industry by supporting the development of both academic knowledge and vocational skills. 

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

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

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

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.

Supporting Technical Skills Development in Lincolnshire

The Institutes of Technology (IoT) have been formed across England to enhance the career and employment chances of young people and adults.

The programmes that have been created at the institutes have been designed in collaboration with employers, colleges, and universities to ensure students are work-ready and to offer clear career progression.

At Lincolnshire Institute of Technology, our aim is to develop the talent and skills to drive exciting new age industries and play a role in enabling a dynamic, technology-driven economy. We have a range of Level 4, 5 and 6 courses covering four IoT pathways - Automotive Electric/HybridDigital Technologies, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Construction and Civil Engineering.

Lots of our courses can be studied part-time.

Please check the courses page and filter to part-time to see the full list.

Our full-time course fees for Home students are between £8,000 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.

Applying is easy!

Full-time applications should be made via UCAS - this requires the UCAS institution code 'L42' and individual course code which can be found in the Key Facts box located at the top of each course page. 

Part-time applications should be made directly to the College via the website Portal. 

Links to apply via UCAS or the College Portal can be found at the bottom of each course page following the 'Apply Online' button.

If you need any help with your application, our Higher Education Recruitment & Widening Participation Lead, Holly Clayton, may be able to help. You can contact her via

We're TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) 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”.

Support for students

We are proud of the level of support that we offer our students. We have a specialist team of professional Student Support Advisors who can offer guidance and support on a wide range of financial, personal and career-related issues. Our Student Services team are here to help students with any questions or problems they have before, during and after their time at College.

View all support topics

For Career Degree Students

Loans from the government are available for full-time students to assist with their living expenses. 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.

In addition to the above, certain students may be eligible for additional financial support from us. Including, but not limited to: Hardship Funds, Disabled Student Allowance (DSA), Career Degree Bursaries, Lincoln College Returner Incentive, Access Scholarships and APP Enhanced Bursaries.

To find out if you qualify for any of these, or for more information, visit our Financial Support for Career Degree Students page.

Other Courses

For our other courses, please visit our general Financial Support page.

Personal one-to-one careers guidance is available for current and potential learners. Our professional careers guidance practitioners provide impartial advice and guidance. 

Find out more on our Careers Advice page.

Career Degree Students

We know sometimes things can be challenging so if our students need help or support at any time, we have a team of friendly, qualified experienced staff available to advise and support .

We offer a wide range of services to our students, including a confidential counselling service. Find out more on our Mental Health and Learning Support for Career Degree students page.

Other Courses

For our other courses, please visit our general Learning Support page or Mental Health Support page.

The College is committed to the safeguarding of students and we have a rota in place so that there is always someone available to deal with queries. Learners can call into Main Reception at Lincoln College or Newark College, email or phone 01522 876000 ext. 6495/6529 and ask to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team.

You can find out more on our Safeguarding page.

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. Find out more on Access to University page.

Lincoln College readily endorses the IHRA statement on Antisemitism. Our opposition to antisemitism is set within the context of our equal opposition to all forms of racism and related hate crime.

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

Useful Downloads

You can view or download our course guides (prospectuses) or the HE Student Handbook here.

To view our important policies and documents, head over to our Higher Education Policies page.

Higher Education Important Policies and Documents

Qualification Guide

We offer a range of Higher Education qualifications at various levels. View the explanations to find out more about the different qualification types you can study.

Course Level Guide

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.

Find out more about our Access to University courses.

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.

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 University Centre or an alternative institutions. 

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.

View our Higher Level Skills Courses page for more information.

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).

HTQs are technical qualifications that have been developed by employers and awarding bodies, so you’ll get the right training, knowledge, and skills to succeed in the workplace.

They are based on the same set of standards as apprenticeships and T Levels and have been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education as meeting the occupational standards for the relevant sector.

There are many different types of HTQs, such as:

  • higher national diplomas

  • higher national certificates

  • foundation degrees

  • higher education diplomas

Not all diplomas, certificates and foundation degrees are approved HTQs. Look out for the HTQ logo or banner which will always show on approved qualifications.

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.

View our Career Degrees course page to view our courses.

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