Higher Education
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For people who already have qualifications or can demonstrate skills at Level 3 (approximately equivalent to A-level) or above.

Higher education is a term used to describe learning linked to gaining qualifications on the Framework for Higher Qualifications.  Degrees, diplomas and certificates are granted by individual universities at Levels 4 to 8.  Foundation degrees or access courses (often delivered in partnerships between colleges and universities) offer individuals without formal qualifications the chance to study at Level 3 before enrolling in higher education.  Students with disabilities (including mental health problems) can receive direct funding via a Disabled Students’ Allowance.  This supports extra costs incurred as a direct result of a mental health condition; it is not means tested and does not have to be repaid.


Next Step for careers advice https://nextstep.direct.gov.uk 0800-100 900, 8am-10pm, 7 days.  Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) for information about who offers courses, http://ucas.ac.uk

  • How and when an individual needs to make an application depends on the type and level of course.  For most full-time undergraduate courses applicants apply online through the UCAS website at http://ucas.ac.uk
  • Individuals can work out whether they are eligible for student bursaries and find information about repaying student loans on the Direct Gov website: http://direct.gov.uk > enter student finance in the search box.


Information correct as of 01-May-2011

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