Age 16-19

You may find you're being asked to make a lot of decisions about your future, about what and where to study after your GCSEs or maybe about what you'd like to do after sixth form or college. This website is designed to give you information to help you make the right choice for you. The links to the left will provide information on a number of topics and we've included some FAQs below. 


­What is higher education?

Higher education is any qualification at level 4 or above (so usually a qualification you would study after you’ve finished your A Levels or Level 3 qualification).

Are there different types of higher education qualification?

There are different types of higher education qualification and depending on which one you choose you might study for different lengths of time or in different ways. Some qualifications are mainly practical and hands on, some are mainly delivered through lectures and classroom-based study.

What subjects can I study?

There are lots of different subjects that can be studied at higher education level – some are broad subjects which you might study to develop skills and knowledge that could be applied widely, and some are very specific to a particular career or vocation (e.g. nursing or accountancy).

Where can I study higher education?

You can study higher education at a university or a college, and sometimes through your workplace through an apprenticeship or vocational course. Different higher education institutions have different options for full and part time study too!

Is going to university or college just like being at school?

If you are a studying a higher education qualification at university of college then some things are like school but some things are very different! You will usually be taught in a group with other students by a lecturer/tutor (like a teacher) which is similar to school, but your class size could be much bigger than if you were at school and you’ll be responsible for managing your own workload and time.