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.

General information and guidance

  1. 14 to 19 technical and applied qualifications: technical guidance

    Guidance for awarding organisations submitting technical and applied qualifications for school and college performance tables.

  2. 16 to 18 minimum standards

    This document sets out the minimum standard measure applied to all schools and colleges for 16- to 18-year-olds to 2017.

  3. 16 to 19 Funding: core aims in study programmes

    The latest information on core aims to assist funded institutions in planning study programmes across individual funding years.

  4. 16 to 19 funding: large programme uplift

    Information on the large programme uplift

  5. 16 to 19 funding: maths and English condition of funding

    Information for institutions on maths and English condition of funding.

  6. Advanced learner loans qualifications catalogue

    Lists the qualifications available for an advanced learner loan.

  7. Career skills and training

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

  8. Check if a university or college is officially recognised

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

  9. 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

  10. Condition of funding on maths and English: qualifications list

    A note explaining how to access the list of qualifications that meet the funding condition on the provision of maths and English.

  11. Core maths qualifications: technical guidance

    The purpose and characteristics of core maths qualifications for 16- to 19-year-olds who do not progress to AS/A level maths.

  12. 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

  13. Criteria for determining whether a qualification is relevant for the purposes of the Education and Skills Act 2008

    Rules for awarding organisations to use when deciding whether young people could take a qualification for education or training purposes.

  14. Criteria for English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) qualifications

    Rules and regulations for ESOL qualifications.

  15. Designating qualifications for advanced learner loans

    The policy and processes the ESFA uses to designate qualifications for advanced learner loans.

  16. Educational Psychology Funded Training Scheme

    Find out how to become an educational psychologist and how to get funding for our educational psychology training scheme.

  17. English language test requirements: guidance for colleges and training organisations

    Guidance about English for the purposes of settlement and nationality, and limited leave, following Home Office changes.

  18. ESFA: course directory

    The course directory contains information on courses offered by learning providers who are contracted with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

  19. ESOL: English language requirements - update from the SFA and DWP

    For training providers and job centres that have been identified as likely to see increased demand for English language training.

  20. FE data library: vocational qualifications archive

    Information on qualifications designed to fit a person for employment.

  21. Find a regulated qualification

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

  22. Further education courses and funding

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

  23. Higher education courses: find and apply

    Find and apply for a college or university course - full time, part time, post graduate, UCAS, Unistats, National Careers Service, Open University, CUKAS

  24. 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

  25. Mature students: university and funding

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

  26. Mutual recognition of professional qualifications: guidance for regulatory bodies

    Guidance for regulatory bodies on how to meet the requirements of the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC.

  27. Qualification and component levels

    Rules and guidance for assigning levels to qualifications and qualification components.

  28. Qualifications: eligible for public funding

    The policy and processes the Education and Skills Funding Agency uses to make qualifications eligible for public funding.

  29. Recognised UK degrees

    Information about UK higher education degrees and recognised awarding bodies.

  30. Regulated Qualifications Framework: a postcard

    The Regulated Qualifications Framework will replace the QCF and NQF.

  31. Regulatory Document List

    Ofqual's formal legal list of Regulatory Documents (documents containing additional rules and guidance for regulated qualifications).

  32. Review of end of year 16 to 19 study programmes data for 2013 to 2014

    An outline of the delivery patterns that are outside of standard delivery.

  33. Review of end of year 16 to 19 study programmes data for 2014 to 2015

    An outline of the delivery patterns that are outside standard delivery.

  34. Statistics: national achievement rates tables

    National achievement rates tables (formerly success rates) for apprenticeships and education and training.

  35. Statistics: vocational qualifications

    Data on vocational and other qualifications

  36. The process for seeking young people’s funding for qualifications

    Information on the process for seeking public funding for qualifications to be delivered to young people in England.

  37. University Clearing through UCAS

    If you don't get a place on your chosen university course, you can apply for other courses through the UCAS system of Clearing

  38. What qualification levels mean

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

Functional skills

Rules and regulations for Functional Skills qualifications.

  1. Controlled assessment regulations for Functional Skills

    Rules and regulations for coursework in Functional Skills qualifications.

  2. Criteria for Functional Skills qualifications

    Rules and regulations for Functional Skills qualifications.

  3. Functional Skills criteria for English

    Rules and regulations for Functional Skills qualifications in English.

  4. Functional Skills criteria for ICT

    Rules and regulations for Functional Skills qualifications in ICT.

  5. Functional Skills criteria for mathematics

    Rules and regulations for Functional Skills qualifications in maths.

  6. Functional skills subject content: English

    Functional skills English subject content at entry levels, level 1 and level 2.

  7. Functional skills subject content: mathematics

    Functional skills mathematics subject content at entry levels, level 1 and level 2.

Principal learning qualifications

Performance descriptions and marking criteria.