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Higher education qualifications

Higher education qualifications vary both in their level and how long they take. First higher education qualifications are usually described as undergraduate. Bachelors’ degree (e.g. BA/BSc)  This takes three years (or four years in Scotland) if you’re studying full time. You usually choose one subject and study a variety of topics within that. If you […]

University and college types

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.   Universities 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 […]

Ways you can study

There are a number of ways you can study: Full-time Full-time study involves 35-40 hours per week. This includes scheduled teaching time and independent study, with some courses being mostly independent study. Part-time Part-time study requires fewer hours of study a week, allowing it to fit round other commitments such as work or caring responsibilities. […]

What is it really like?

To get a better idea of what higher education is really like, you can: go to open days talk to current students on forums like The Student Room or on social media   Some universities run summer schools that you may be able to attend, or have other programmes that let you experience uni life. The Sutton […]

What is higher education?

Higher education involves learning at an advanced level and requires more independent study. There are many different ways to study at a wide variety of universities and colleges. The student population in the UK is also diverse, with people from many different backgrounds and age groups.