Level 4 High Speed Rail & Infrastructure

The Cert HE in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure provides you with a broad introduction to the rail industry, and high-speed rail in particular. It offers the chance to learn technical knowledge and skills that will help you decide which area of the rail industry you would like to specialise in. The course gives you a great foundation and means you have a variety of options when you finish – you could go straight into work, apply for a higher apprenticeship, or go on to a full-time year at Level 5 (Foundation Degree), which could then lead to an undergraduate degree.

Validated by Sheffield Hallam University.


This Certificate in Higher Education in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure (Cert HE) course is suitable for those who are new to the rail industry and will provide you with a broad introduction and foundation knowledge of high-speed rail in particular.

* Please note if you are an existing learner on the Access programme and want to apply for 21/22, please contact us on [email protected] and we will work with you to process your application.

Who is the course aimed at?

For those who are new to the rail industry and 18 years or over, this 1 year course gives you a broad introduction and foundation knowledge of high-speed rail in particular.

Course content

The Cert HE covers six mandatory modules over the course of the year:

  • Health, Safety and Security on the Railway and Social, Economic and Environmental Considerations.
  • High Speed Rail in Context
  • Introduction to Railway Engineering
  • Introduction to Technical Management and Systems Thinking
  • Introduction to the Management and Operation of the Railway
  • Introduction to the Railway system

Other skills development:

Students will develop a range of academic skills such as academic writing and research. The course is focused on employment and students will have the opportunity to develop employability skills that will help them access the workplace and develop sustainable careers in the rail industry.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE 4/C English & Maths or above
  • GCE ‘A’ Level or Level 3 in a relevant subject (e.g. digital, creative, STEM subject)


Course duration

  • Full time
  • 1 year
  • Delivered over 3 days a week



  • This course leads to the Level 6 BSc (Hons) in High Speed Rail & Infrastructure


Course cost

Tuition fees will be £9,250 and candidates will be able to apply for a Student Loan. This is available through Student Finance England. Go to More Information



  • You will need to apply via UCAS for this course
  • Search: “Sheffield Hallam University” and “Cert HE for High Speed Rail and Infrastructure” (UCAS code H231)