Our full-time offer


Studying full-time at the National College for High Speed Rail provides you with a strong foundation of skills for the rail and infrastructure sector, leading you to potential employment and training opportunities, including higher level apprenticeships. You will gain skills necessary for planning, designing, building and operating a railway fit for the 21st century. The college backed by the Government is led by businesses within the industry to ensure that the skills you learn today will be the skills needed for tomorrow’s transport infrastructure developments.


There are several pathways currently available at the college, which include Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma (Engineering), Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure, Level 5 Foundation Degree in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure, and Level 6 BSc (Hons) High Speed Rail and Infrastructure.

The majority of our courses start at Level 4, so most new starters will have done some learning at Level 3 (A Level equivalent). If you have recently completed your A-Levels or you’re currently looking for a new challenge on your career journey, The National College for High Speed Rail could have the connections you’re looking for.

You’ll build your core skills with introductory units on rail, engineering and management. Then you pick your specialist subject, like digital railway systems or track engineering and train the technologies of the future.

Clearing FAQs

Clearing is now open. Our phone lines are open from 10.00am–4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Our number is 0330 120 0375.
You can use clearing to find an undergraduate course if: • you're not already holding an offer of a place • you haven't previously applied to university • you want to change your choice of university
The Certificate of Higher Education in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure and the Foundation Degree in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure are both available via Clearing. These courses are validated by Sheffield Hallam University and can be found on UCAS by simply searching ‘High Speed Rail’.  Your UCAS application will be through Sheffield Hallam University.
Want to apply now? Call us now on 0330 120 0375. For details of how to apply and what happens next, choose one of the following options:
If you don’t get the results you needed for your first or second choice university, you can still find a place at the National College for High Speed Rail through Clearing. Here’s how it works, in three simple steps. Step 1. Check UCAS Track Before you do anything else, check UCAS Track to see if your first or second choice university has confirmed your place. If not, it’s time to enter Clearing. Step 2. Make the call It’s time to call us on 0330 120 0375. When you ring up, you’ll need a full list of your results, plus your GCSE grades. Be prepared to talk about why you want to study the course. Think about what you wrote in your personal statement. We will then refer you to Sheffield Hallam University who will decide whether or not they can make you an offer. If they make you an offer, they’ll email you the details, so make sure you use an email address you can check regularly. Step 3. Accept your offer When you receive an offer of a place, log into UCAS Track and add your clearing choice to accept your offer.
You can find a place at the National College for High Speed Rail by using the Clearing process. Here’s how it works, in three simple steps. Step 1. Make the call. First, call us on 0330 120 0375. When you ring up, you’ll need a full list of your results, plus your GCSE grades. Be prepared to talk about why you want to study the course. We will then refer you to Sheffield Hallam University who will decide whether or not they can make you an offer. If they make you an offer, they’ll email you the details, so make sure you use an email address you can check regularly. Step 2. Fill in some forms Sheffield Hallam University will then send you an application form and a questionnaire about your fee status, which you will need to fill in and email back to them. You’ll also need to send them evidence of your qualifications. A photo of them will do at this stage. Step 3. Accept your offer Once Sheffield Hallam University has received your completed forms and your qualifications evidence, they will set you up with a UCAS record and confirm you have a place on UCAS. UCAS will notify you once this is complete, and then you can access UCAS Track to view your offer.
Clearing is now open. Our phone lines are open from 10.00am–4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Our number is 0330 120 0375
Yes. To arrange a visit, please contact our Learner Recruitment team on 0330 120 0375.

Those who study with us can be assured that the opportunity is vast:

  • At least 7,200 engineering and technical workers are needed to work in High Speed Rail in the UK by 2020.
  • It is estimated there will be more than 100,000 job opportunities across Britain’s railways by 2027, with HS2 alone set to create 25,000 new jobs
  • British businesses need 203,000 skilled engineers every year until 2024
  • The average starting salary for a junior engineer/graduate is £30,557
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