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. Find a regulated qualification

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

  2. 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

  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. Career skills and training

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

  3. Further education courses and funding

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

  1. Mature students: university and funding

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

    • Answer
  2. Check if a university or college is officially recognised

    Recognised bodies, listed bodies, recognised universities, accredited higher learning institutions, bogus degrees

    • Guide
See all guidance and regulation

News and communications

Policy and engagement

  1. Ofqual’s approach to regulating Technical Qualifications
  2. Implementing functional skills reform
  3. Implementation of T Level programmes
  1. Reforming functional skills qualifications in English and maths

    • Ofqual
    • Consultation outcome
    • Date closed 22 November 2017
  2. Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework: subject-level

    • Department for Education
    • Closed consultation
    • Date closed 21 May 2018
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  1. FE Choices learner satisfaction survey 2017 to 2018

    • Department for Education
    • Official statistics
  2. Graduate Outcomes (LEO): international outcomes 2006 to 2016

    • Department for Education
    • Transparency
  3. Vocational qualifications dataset

    • Ofqual
    • Statistical data set
  4. Vocational and other qualifications quarterly: January to March 2018

    • Ofqual
    • National statistics
  5. National achievement rates tables: transparency data

    • Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency
    • Official statistics
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