Develop all the skills you need for a successful career
Studying a higher-level course opens up a world of opportunities, such as enhancing your professional prospects, boosting your potential earnings and taking your professional network to the next level.
Our students graduate from a wide range of higher-level courses each year. We are also part of the RNN Group, which owns University Centre Rotherham (UCR), therefore many of our students can also progress their education with UCR.
By studying with us, you’ll benefit from:
- Studying locally
- Degrees accredited by top universities
- A small and friendly campus
- Low fees
- Access to specialist facilities
- Industry experienced teaching professionals
- A supportive and caring learning environment
- Excellent employer links
- Flexible study options
- An all-round fantastic student experience.
Find out more about how you can gain degrees on your doorstep by downloading UCR’s prospectus.
You can apply for a course directly by completing our online application form at any time throughout the year.
Before you apply
Before continuing with your application, please have the following information ready:
- Your email address
- Your mobile phone number
- Your address and postcode
- The last school or college you attended and the dates you attended
Applying through UCAS
You can apply for some of our courses via UCAS; these include BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), Foundation Degrees, HNCs and HNDs.
To find our courses either enter the centre code ‘R52’, ‘University Centre Rotherham’ or ‘RNN Group’.
Important dates for 2023 entry:
- Apply between 6th September 2022 and 25th January 2023 at 18:00 to be guaranteed equal consideration
- Apply between 26th January 2023 and 30th June 2023 for further consideration if the course you have applied for has not been fully filled
- UCAS Extra opens on Friday 23rd February 2023 and closes on 30th June 2023
- Apply through UCAS Clearing from Wednesday 5th July 2023 to 17th October 2023
If you need support with your application please contact our Enquiries Team on 01709 362111.
The Application Process
Following your application, you will be invited to a course interview to:
- Check your suitability for the course
- Check that you understand our expectations around attendance, study and progression
- Give you the opportunity to meet the teaching team from the subject area you are applying for and ask any questions you may have.
- Assess your English and Maths skills (where necessary) and identify any additional support you may require to be successful on the course.
- Give you the opportunity to disclose any additional learning support that you may require.
- Invite you to meet a member of the Additional Learning Support team (where appropriate).
If your course interview has a successful outcome, you will receive either an offer or a conditional offer for a place on the course with us. A conditional offer may be subject to your exam results and references.
You only need to apply once and complete one application form, even if you are applying for more than one course.
Our Enquiries Team are here to assist you with completing your online application should you require it. You can contact them on 01709 362111.
Higher Education Graduation
In November 2022, after much anticipation, we celebrated the achievements of our Higher Education students at Rotherham United’s AESSEAL New York Stadium, accommodating hundreds of proud families and students graduating from a huge variety of classes.
The celebrations took place on Friday the 18th November, commemorating the success of over 130 graduates from the RNN Group of Colleges courses, including Rotherham College, North Notts College and Dearne Valley College, and the state-of-the-art University Centre Rotherham (UCR).
Our graduation ceremonies included inspirational guest speakers, a brass band, commemorative certificates, and a sea of graduands in gowns and caps, surrounded by proud families and friends.
Click the link to find out more about this year’s graduation ceremony.
Whether you’re continuing your studies, changing career path or returning to education, we’re here to help you succeed. With higher-level and degree courses offered at our sites across South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire, we offer you the opportunity to develop your skills for success in a variety of local communities.
Our wide range of courses are accredited by top partner universities including Sheffield Hallam University and University of Hull. We are completely committed to your development and your success is at the centre of everything we do.
In our modern state-of-the-art campus, you’ll study in an academic environment all about you. Our talented team of lecturers apply real world experience and passion to their teaching, and our Student Services team and Progress Tutors are on hand should you need any further guidance and/or support.
We believe that your future should be reached your way. Our full and part-time courses allow you to fit studying alongside existing commitments. Some of our full-time courses are delivered over only one to two days a week (depending on subject area).
Our full and part-time courses also cost less on average than traditional Higher Education providers, allowing you to gain higher-level qualifications on your doorstep whilst building substantially less debt than at traditional universities.
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Tuition Fee Loans
Eligible students studying their first Higher Education course do not have to pay any tuition fees upfront. Many students fund their course fees by taking out a student loan via the Student Loans Company.
The student loan is repayable from the April after you have completed your course and when your earnings rise over £25,000 per year.* This amounts to £2,083 a month, or £480 a week.
When you earn above this amount, you will only pay back 9% of anything you earn over £25,000.
What you pay is linked to what you earn, not what you owe. If you never earn over that amount, you don’t pay anything back. Any outstanding loans will be written off after 40 years.
*Please note that these figures only apply to students who started their HE course from August 2023.
There may be maintenance loans and grants available to eligible students to support with living costs during your studies.
You can apply for a Maintenance Loan via the Student Loans Company at the same time as applying for a Tuition Fee Loan. The amount you pay back will then be deducted from your salary by your employer, similar to tax deductions and national insurance payments.
Below is a example of loan repayments:
|Your income per year||Monthly repayments|
Information regarding funding is subject to change, so it is important that you check the following website for the latest information: www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance
Student Loans Company
For further information about Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans eligibility, applications and repayments visit the Student Loans Company website at: www.slc.co.uk
Advanced Learner Loans
Advanced Learner Loans are tuition fee loans designed for students aged 19* or above, who are undertaking eligible Level 3 to Level 6 courses. This funding route may be an option for students applying for one of the Level 3 Access to Higher Education courses.
More information about the Advanced Learner Loans can be found at: www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan For students who aren’t able to access tuition fee loans, we offer flexible repayment options.
*If you are aged 19 – 23 years old and studying your first Level 3, there will be no cost for the course.
Supporting your Study
There may be other ways in which we can support your learning.
HE Hardship Fund
Where students are struggling financially, they can apply for a HE hardship payment. This is a one off payment, to reduce the barriers to learning. Learners must have accessed all funding available through the Student Loans Company and provide household income evidence for assessment.
Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS)
This is an independent agency which may be able to help people get funding for further or higher education if you do not qualify for government funding. For more information visit the EGAS website or call 020 7254 6251.
Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
It may be possible to receive financial support to cover any additional study related costs you incur due to a disability, depending on which college you choose to study with.
If you have a sensory or physical disability, a medical condition, a mental health difficulty or a specific learning disability, such as Dyslexia or Dyspraxia, you may qualify to apply for support.
DSA is available to both new and existing students, full-time or part-time and has no age limit.
If you qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowance you will need to have a DSA Needs Assessment to decide on the support you will need on your course.
Once you have received your letter from the funding body advising you that you are now approved for funding, you will need to arrange a needs assessment appointment. For further information please visit www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowance-dsa
Across our College Group we are able to support learners studying on courses up to and including Level 3, with additional costs associated with learning e.g. travel and equipment. To be eligible you must have accessed the appropriate loan (Student Finance England or Advanced Learner) and provide household income evidence.
Full-time Higher Education students with children can apply for a Childcare Grant to help with childcare costs for children under 15, or under 17 if they have special educational needs. You must be eligible for student finance to apply for a Childcare Grant. For further information and eligibility criteria, please visit www.gov.uk/childcare-grant
We’re on Clearing and we’re here to help you!
If you haven’t yet applied to university, have changed your mind about your current course choice, or your circumstances have changed, then you can use Clearing to find alternative courses to study.
See our Clearing page for more information
A selection of student accommodation is available within the local area. Click on the links below to visit the accommodation websites for further information.
The majority of student accommodation mentioned was found in Sheffield but is only a short train or bus ride into Rotherham.
- 1st Choice for Property
- Broomhill Property Shop
- Claypenny Properties
- Dove Properties
- Fit Property
- MAF Properties
- Midcity Estates Ltd
- Sheffield Accommodation
- Sheffield Property To Let
- Student Accommodation Sheffield
- Sunrise Star Ltd
- West One
The College does not take any liability for the student accommodation information published on this page.