Higher level learning

Higher level learning leads to qualifications at Level 4 or above, such as degrees, Foundation degrees, higher national diplomas, competence based qualifications at Level 4 and 5 and other professional qualifications.

  • Increasingly, learners are taking up the opportunity to study at work rather than in universities or colleges.
  • There are thousands of different courses, qualifications and subjects available.
  • Learners can fit higher level study in and around their existing commitments, such as work and childcare.

Making Choices about Higher Education

This is a short general guide to higher learning, and includes study options, where to study, entry requirements and how to apply.

Funding higher level learning

Learners wishing to undertake higher learning study need to have a good idea of the costs involved and of any financial help to pay for their studies. Higher education funding can be complicated and depend on the type of course, the mode of study and individual circumstances.

Sources of further advice

Useful information for union and union learning reps and for work-based advisers, for whom advising potential learners is only part of what they do. If an employee is considering taking a pre-entry course or thinking of applying to higher education, then it is important that they take fully informed decisions. In addition to talking to you and using this website it may be useful for them to speak to other advisers who can offer specific information or professional guidance.

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