Qualifications Guide Chart

Understand what qualification levels relate to the educational pathways 

Resource library

Packed full of information, workbooks, videos and quizzes about the various options and pathways

Pathways Road Map

Provides greater detail to what's involved in each pathway


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.