Further Education includes any study after secondary education that is not part of higher education (i.e. is not studied as part of an undergraduate or graduate degree).
Courses range from GCSEs to Higher National Diplomas (HNDs).
Further Education also includes 3 types of technical and applied qualifications for 16 to 19-year-olds.
Many local Further Education Colleges also offer a Higher Education provision.
Offers a range of different programmes which are available to study depending on your situation. Foundation Degrees, Higher National Certificates (HNC) or Higher National Diplomas (HND) can all be studied at a college or university. Higher level and degree apprenticeships are also available.
Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accessible through higher education institutes such as universities or through distance learning, for example through the Open University or online through massive online open courses (MOOCS). As well as studying for professional qualifications at level 4 and above at work, more opportunities are becoming available via a degree or higher apprenticeship in the workplace.
Wiltshire College and University Centre also offer a variety of degree level apprenticeships.
UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to Higher Education. UCAS services support young people making choices after their GCSEs, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Visit the UCAS page to :
Local employment information
Do you know what businesses there are in Wiltshire or even what industry sectors?
Follow the link below to see Wiltshire Council’s Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) documents which explain what key industry sectors there are in the Wiltshire area and what qualifications are preferable to work in that industry. They also provide information on relevant apprenticeships, how employers recruit, example positions and salaries, future growth of the sector, Wiltshire employers and where you can study.
The aim of these documents is to give you an understanding of the key priority and growth sectors within the county, to help you make the best decision about your future career.
Financial support for Further & Higher Education
Depending on your circumstances and the subject you’re studying, you may qualify for a variety of support or help with you day-to-day living costs while you are studying.
There is also funding available from charitable trusts and if you are on benefits.
If you have graduated, you have several options after finishing university, including:
- Continue studying at university and gain a postgraduate qualification to help develop specialist in-depth knowledge of your undergraduate discipline
- Enter the world of work or apply for a graduate programme
- Get involved in volunteering or take a gap year
Visit Prospects for more information and advice on what you can do after university, including:
The Higher Futures skills development programme is delivered on behalf of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) to meet the needs of employers and learners within the SWLEP area to upskill the current and future workforce to level 4 and beyond. Higher Futures offers employers impartial specialist support and advice to identify skills needs and gaps prior to engaging with universities, colleges and training providers to develop bespoke training solutions. Visit their website to view a course directory which is being updated all the time.
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