Further and higher education courses and qualifications

Degrees, diplomas, funding, 16 to 19 study programmes, conditions of funding, component levels, course directory, what qualification levels mean.


  1. Courses and qualifications for 14 to 19 year olds

    Find out what vocational or academic courses and qualifications are available at schools, colleges and sixth forms in your area

  2. Find a regulated qualification

    Check if a qualification is regulated and what level it is on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

  3. Check if an awarding body is recognised

    How to check if the organisation giving you an award is registered and accredited by the exams regulator

Guidance and regulation

  1. What qualification levels mean

    Find the difficulty level of a qualification and compare qualifications across different countries.

  2. Further education courses and funding

    Find and apply for a further or adult education course and work out what financial help you can get

  3. Career skills and training

    Find courses and training online with the National Careers Service and get advice on funding the costs of learning

  1. Mature students: university and funding

    Funding and university courses for mature students - entry requirements, find courses, student finance

    • Answer
  2. Improve your English, maths and IT skills

    Improve skills like reading, writing, maths or Information and Communication Technology (ICT) - courses, qualifications, find a course and help

    • Answer
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News and communications

Policy and engagement

  1. Implementing functional skills reform
  2. Reforming functional skills qualifications in English and maths
  3. Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework: subject-level
  1. Maths and English functional skills: revised subject content

    • Department for Education
    • Consultation outcome
    • Date closed 07 November 2017
  2. Introduction of T levels: information for education providers

    • Department for Education
    • Policy paper
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  1. National achievement rates tables: transparency data

    • Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency
    • Official statistics
  2. Graduate outcomes (LEO): 2015 to 2016

    • Department for Education
    • Official statistics
  3. A level and other 16 to 18 results: 2016 to 2017 (revised)

    • Department for Education
    • National statistics
  4. Vocational qualifications dataset

    • Ofqual
    • Statistical data set
  5. Vocational and other qualifications quarterly: October to December 2017

    • Ofqual
    • National statistics
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