Further education (FE) includes any study after secondary education that is not part of higher education (that is, not taken as part of an undergraduate or graduate degree). Courses range from basic English and maths to Higher National Diplomas (HNDs).
FE also includes 3 types of technical and applied qualifications for 16 to 19-year-olds:
- level 3 tech levels to specialise in a specific technical job;
- level 2 technical certificates help get employment or progress to another tech level;
- applied general qualifications to continue general education at advanced level; through applied learning.
2. Get started
You can find out more about types of qualifications, funding and financial support here.
- England – National Careers Service.
- Scotland – Skills Development Scotland.
- Wales – Adult Learning Wales.
- NI – Northern Ireland Direct.
A question that often gets asked when people are transitioning between devolved administrations, is – what is the difference between their qualifications? If this is something you have wondered or would like further information on, please have a look at this UK qualifications comparison table.
4. Other schemes/ support
If you’re interested in learning new skills or starting a course, there are a range of educational/funding opportunities open to you: