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What is higher education?

Higher education is third level education.

You usually have to be 18 or older to take a higher education course. They’re usually taught in:

  • universities
  • colleges
  • specialist institutions like art schools or agricultural colleges

Higher education qualifications include:

  • diplomas
  • bachelor degrees
  • foundation degrees
  • post-graduate degrees []

Which qualifications are Higher Education level?

The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) contains descriptions of all the main higher education qualifications.  Higher education qualifications mainly relate to levels 4 - 8 of the FHEQ. Please see our guide on HE levels

For more information on Qualifications please see nidirect -Qualifications: what the different levels mean

How do I apply?
Is it for everyone?

If you are leaving school or perhaps returning to education there are plenty of options open to you.

Is there help with funding?

There are lots of funding opportunities available please see

Get undergraduate student finance: step by step []

What are Degree Apprenticeships?

With a degree apprenticeship you can achieve a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. And just like traditional degrees, an apprenticeship is a great route to a great career.

For more information please see - Skill Up Somerset