City : Learning Curve : College/University
What is Higher Education (HE)?
HE is the next level of study from Level 3 courses such as A Levels, BTEC. Most higher education courses are taught at Universities, but some colleges do also offer HE courses, usually through having a link with the university.
There are lots of websites info about HE, these ones provided a good starting point to help you find out how to get onto a HE course, types of courses, funding...
Information on how to apply to Universities using UCAS.
How to find and apply for higher education courses.
What to study, where to go and how to get there.
FAQs and Concerns
How will I afford it?: Education is expensive and you have to really think about how you will be able to pay for it and whether you might be better off getting a job and your foot on the ladder. There is more information on funding your learning in this building.
But I left school years ago!: This is no barrier to going on to further education, getting another qualification can help you move up in your career or even start a new career. Just make sure you have enough time to study. It can be strange going back to education after you've not done it for a while. Just remember that you will have to do work at home as well as at school so make time for that.
I don’t have much free time: That's no problem either, there are loads of options for studying, you can do it part-time, in the evenings or at weekends, while you take care of a family or while you are working. You can even do distance learning so that you can learn in your own home if you can't make it out to classes.
But I don't know what else to do : there are so many other options that may be better for you, going straight into a job, getting an apprenticeship or traineeship or even starting your own business. One of the advantages of starting work straight away is that your employer may pay for you to take courses and exams for you! For more information on apprenticeships have a look at the Apprenticeships & Traineeships.