Further education colleges offering higher education courses
These often attract students from the local community. Some colleges focus on more practical and vocational courses or on shorter qualifications.
These are normally dedicated to higher education and research. They can vary a lot in size, and be campus or city based. They usually cover a wide range of subject areas, though can be known for being strong in certain subjects.
Specialist institutions and conservatoires
These generally focus on a specific subject like performing arts, agriculture or business and may offer more practical and vocational skills.