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1. Introduction

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 

 

3. Qualification

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: 

Click here to explore the initatives.
Bereavement Scholarship Scheme - Scholarships for children whose parent died in Service

Scholarships for children whose parent died in Service – Bereavement Scholarship Scheme

 

You can apply for help with the costs of further and higher education if all of the following are true:

  • one of your parents died as a result of their service in the Armed Forces;
  • your parent died on or after 1 January 1990;
  • you’re 16 or over and in full-time education;
  • you or a surviving parent receive bereavement benefits from the Armed Forces Compensation scheme, War Pension scheme or Armed Forces Attributable Benefits scheme.

You can’t apply if you were the foster child of the person who died.

You can use the money to pay tuition fees and your maintenance for:

  • a further education course of up to 3 years;
  • your first undergraduate course at a UK university or other higher education institution (such as a college or art school) – this can include study abroad if it’s part of the course;
  • a higher level technical education course at qualification levels 4, 5 or 6.

Find out more and apply here.

Connected Forces

Connected Forces is a supportive on-line community for 16-19 year olds from military families. This UK-wide project is run by the SCiP Alliance in partnership with Brightside and fully funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

 

What does it involve?

  • Young people will connect with like-minded peers and keep in touch via group chats
  • Opportunities to question ‘experts’ in careers or education to support their next steps
  • Contribute to discussion forums led by university students and recent graduates from military backgrounds
  • Access specially assigned resources and live events throughout the year
The Learning and Development Organisation (LDO)

The Learning and Development Organisation (LDO)

The LDO enables RN/RM Service personnel to access learning, development and resettlement support. This is available when shoreside, or at sea when deployed on operations.

The Open University
The Open University

The Open University (OU) teaches through its own unique method of distance learning, called ‘supported open learning’. This is flexible, allowing students to work where and when they choose to fit in with jobs, families and other commitments. Find out about their courses here.

Learn Direct
Learn Direct

Learn Direct are the UK’s largest provider of skills, training and employment services. They can help you to access qualifications in everyday skills like maths, English and IT, as well as vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships. Learning can be based in one of their centres, at work or online. Depending on what level you’re working towards and your age, your qualification could be funded by the government. For some qualifications, there might be a charge. If there is a charge and you’re 24 or over and on an eligible qualification, a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan could help. Find out more here.

Open Distance Learning Quality Council
Open Distance Learning Quality Council

Open or Distance Learning can be a good choice for Armed Forces family members. It is important to choose a reputable training provider. The Open and Distance Learning Quality Council (ODLQC) aims to identify and enhance quality in education and training, and to protect the interests of learners. You can find out if a training provider is accredited by checking on the ODLQC’s website.

Future Learn
Future Learn

Future Learn is a private company wholly owned by The Open University. They offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life. They have 145 partners from around the world. These include many of the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, such as the British Council, the British Library, the British Museum, and the National Film and Television School.  They also work with a range of internationally renowned organisations – from professional bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), to businesses like the BBC and Marks & Spencer, to the UK Government. Find out more here.

Enhanced Learning Credits (for serving people)

Enhanced Learning Credits (for serving people)

The MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in each of a maximum of three separate financial years for higher level learning of a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification with an approved learning provider. To check eligibility and find out more visit the ELC website.

DistanceLearningCentre.com
DistanceLearningCentre.com

Provides Access to Higher Education courses, and is an approved learning provider for the MOD ELC scheme. Find out more here.

Last updated on: 7th April, 2022