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What Our Students Say

Our Student Testimonials

“To put it simply, my time at Selby College studying HNC Level 4 Business has been one of the best and most educational experiences of my life. After studying A Levels at Selby College previously, the transition onto my current course was seamless due to the amazing support from all of the staff and tutors involved in the process; an invaluable resource in ensuring I felt comfortable in my education and able to learn effectively. Studying at the College previously certainly helped me with moving onto the L4 course, as I already knew many of the tutors and staff. The genuine kind-heartedness of the staff, as well as their drive to do as much good for the students as they possibly can, would make Selby College an excellent choice for any individual seeking higher education. The higher education courses offered by the college also benefit from being lower in cost than most university courses; the positioning of the college makes travel far more convenient; and the smaller class sizes allow you to build a stronger connection with the tutors, something that I believe is essential to obtaining a thorough and in depth understanding of any subject. The tutors have great area knowledge and experience themselves, and work very hard to ensure appropriate resources are made available to support and further the students’ education, such as journals and text books.” - Joe Newton, HNC Business


"I chose to study HE at Selby College because the tutors are so passionate and dedicated to their job that you have a constant support network; the classes are smaller and therefore you get more guidance than you would at a large university. Not only is the course more affordable but it means you can stay at home, which I preferred as it meant I was able to keep my car and travel around doing outdoor photography, and I could use my maintenance loan for my photography equipment rather than it going on rent at a university. I found that because the tutors already knew your level of working you were not made to revisit subjects; I know people that went to university and had a full year of revisiting the same subjects. Because of this you were able to develop and grow much quicker and I found this benefited my workflow greatly. The facilities were really good, better than some of the universities I have seen. The trust and flexibility you have within the course is no different than at university. I couldn’t have asked for a better support network with the tutors, you knew that they were always there to give a helping hand when needed. Prior to the HE course I did not feel I was ready to set up a business however after the course I felt ready with more knowledge and experience in both my photography skills and the industry in general; the HND enabled me to understand not only more practical photography but also how to create a business from scratch, from being educated on insurance and copyright to how to interact and work with people, it really boosted my confidence." - Josey Grace, HND Art and Design


“I began at Selby College as an A Level student, following onto a Foundation Degree in Learning Support. There were four factors which influenced my decision in choosing attending Selby College rather than a university: The first is the reduced price which the course offers compared to universities; the second is the location of the college, living just a 20-30 minutes’ drive from the college means I can access campus quickly and cheaply, which meant I did not require the maintenance loan; the third is the small course and campus size, which means relationships with tutors are closer, meaning feedback is timely and issues are resolved quickly; the final factor, and most important influence to my decision, is the way the course is set up – due to being evening classes and a more vocational course (requirement of 240 hours working in a school environment), I can work in the industry I am training for whilst working a part-time job, which means my course acts like an apprenticeship (or as close as I can get to this for teaching), providing real insight into what working would be like in the industry and experience which will be important when qualified and applying for work.” - Jorgia Harrison, FdEd Learning Support



“I started studying at Selby College on a Level 3 BTEC course, which I then decided to follow up with a Level 4 HE course. There were a range of reasons I decided to continue my education at Selby College rather than move onto a university: one of the main reasons was that it was, overall, much more convenient than a university in terms of cost and travelling distance. However, the most influential element was the environment in which the course is run, with the small class size and the ability to directly work with the tutors.” - Lauren Mills, HNC Computing and Systems Development



“I began at Selby College in 2013, studying a Level 3 BTEC. Upon completion of the course, I decided to stay at College to study a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Exercise Sciences. I am now moving onto my top-up year, to receive a BSc honours degree within the subject. Many factors influenced my decision to remain at College including: the help received from tutors is much more effective, due to being able to sit down and discuss any issues about work with them one to one, a scenario I feel is lacking at the larger universities; there are a lot more opportunities to gain quality feedback on performance with assessments and presentations; and the course offered is cheaper than those at universities meaning I do not have to worry about falling into large amounts of debt with loans upon completion of the course, as well as being able to live much more comfortably throughout the academic year.” - Matty Duck, FdSc Sports Coaching and Exercise Sciences


"I received a lot of support throughout my entire time at Selby College and was diagnosed with dyslexia in my second year. Moving from Level 3 to Higher Education I was stressed out, but I knew that studying at Selby College would give me the best opportunity and the support I needed to succeed in the future. Applying for DSA was very easy and straightforward and asking for a bit of advice on how to apply never hurt. Thanks to the help I received I now feel more confident and I am not being held back by myself." - Emma, Selby College HE Student

“Following a vocational course here at Selby College, we faced the decision of where to further our education. The facilities within the art department were incomparable and outshone those of the universities we visited for open days. This is also where finance came in to affect our decision; the cost of the course was less and the student to tutor ratio allowed much more contact time per student. Furthermore, we have been allocated a base room within our department as a space to keep our designs and work surrounding us for inspiration within our field. This has been a benefit as we can use the room outside of our contact time, being near artistic resource. The location is another benefitting factor which made Selby College the top choice as we are both local to Selby and found it would be cheaper to stay and commute than move to a university." - Sarah Freer and Alice Stobbs, HND Art and Design


“I had uni in the back of my mind when I finished my BTEC at Selby College, but I wasn’t ready to move away from home. The HNC allowed me to continue attending College whilst working towards a HE qualification. Only having 2 days a week in College allowed me to work more in my own time and at a pace that suited me. At the end of my HND, College staff helped me with the application process for university, including finding a university that offered modules relevant to what I had studied so far. The HND gave me the time I needed to prepare myself for uni, whilst working on the next stage of my education. The HND route also meant I could choose to stop education after achieving my qualification to work for a year or so, if I needed a break from education before continuing working towards a degree. By this finished my HND, I was ready for a change and was looking forward to moving away from home, so I moved onto the University of Huddersfield to study for a top-up degree in Applied Computing, and ended up graduating with a first. I have now been offered a position as a software developer and am looking forward to gaining some experience in the workplace, developing my skills in something that I enjoy. When I started College I didn’t really see myself going to university at all!” - Ted Sefton, HNC/HND Computing and Systems Development