Higher Education Explained

Higher education describes all courses at Level 4 and above that progress up to Level 8

Qualifications such as a Bachelor’s degree (either Bachelor of Arts – BA or Bachelor of Science – BSc), Foundation degree (either Foundation Arts – FdA or Foundation Science – FdSc), Master’s degree, a Higher National Certificate – HNC, Higher National Diploma – HND or Higher Apprenticeships are all achieved in higher education.

There are many reasons to study higher education

When studying HE you have the opportunity to gain a higher level of knowledge and skills in a particular subject, which is different to studying a broad range of GCSEs or A Levels.​

​If you decide to study a higher education course, you’ll be able to select just one or two subjects that you want to study in more depth.​

HE qualifications may open more doors for you in terms of employment because many careers now require applicants to hold a higher education qualification, for example, to work as a nurse, police officer or teacher.

On average, those who successfully complete a higher education qualification earn more than those who don’t over their lifetime. ​

Are you looking to find out how you can fund your higher education course?

Get all the information you need by reading our Higher Education Funding Guide. If you have further questions, please contact our advisors on 0330 135 9000 or email our friendly team at info@ncclondon.ac.uk