Check out our Parent/Carer guide to Higher Education, which covers everything you need to know about your students Higher Education options. 

You can also use the extensivee resource library for lots of information about the various options, or work through the Pathways Road Map to find out in detail the different paths available and what's involved. 


There are lots of different types of higher education level courses and and routes to available.

Higher education means any sort of nationally recognised qualification which is at Level 4 or above. These include 

  • Access HE   
  • Foundation Courses 
  • Foundation Year Degrees 
  • Honor Degrees - Through University & College 
  • HNC/HND
  • Higher & Degree Apprenticeships

Although in the past higher education courses were delivered at universities, they are now offered by universities, colleges and also by some training providers such as the armed forces, or via companies through the Apprenticeship route..

So, if you have Level 3 qualifications like A Levels, BTECs or equivalent then you could explore higher level study. Don't know if either University or College is right for you? Check out this video

In the Pathways section you will find out more information about your varied chooses in Higher Education, so you can discover what is right for you.