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CertHE High Speed Rail and Infrastructure

Gain the specialist training you need for work or further study in the high speed rail and infrastructure sector.

Course summary

  • Gain the professional and technical skills required in the high speed rail sector
  • Learn and apply science, IT and mathematics skills to railway engineering
  • Benefit from embedded course contact with industry employers
  • Manage projects to successful conclusions, using appropriate tools

This course leads to progression on to the Level 4 Higher Level Apprenticeship in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure, which can be achieved over two years, or onto the Level 5 Foundation Degree in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure.

How you learn

On this course, you'll gain the specialist knowledge you need to work on projects such as HS2, as well as future high speed rail plans. You'll utilise real industrial scenarios in cutting-edge facilities, based in the National College for High Speed Rail campuses, and benefit from close industry ties.

You learn through

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Practical projects
  • Creation and analysis of complex industrial documents
  • Groupwork

Applied learning

Live projects

The course offers a wealth of real-world experience, and the majority of your studies will be based on real scenarios.

Networking opportunities

Embedded delivery and contact with employers throughout the course supports students to develop technical skills and generic employability skills to enable them to progress into sustainable careers.

Future careers

This course prepares learners for a career in high speed rail infrastructure network. Employers in this area include

  • Network Rail
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Amey
  • Other suppliers to the rail infrastructure network

Where will I study?

You will study at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) - Birmingham campus or National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) - Doncaster campus

Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • Cutting-edge facilities at the National College for High Speed Rail campuses

Entry requirements

  • 2 A levels at grade C or above


  • BTEC National Extended Diploma MPP or above
  • BTEC National Diploma MM or above


  • Equivalent qualifications
  • GCSE English at grade C or 4 or equivalents
  • GCSE Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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Apply now through clearing by calling 0330 024 6390.

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