Further Education (FE) refers to educational choices made after your 16th birthday and covers all qualifications lower than a degree.

Further education is available for all ages whether you are already pursuing a profession/trade or looking to attain new skills. Some basic courses are free and you may not have to pay for tuition if you’re under 24 and studying for your first qualification equivalent to GCSE or A level.

More information on Further Education, including available courses and financial help with study, is available at the GOV.UK website.

Financial Help for Further Education

More information on financial help for students aged 16-19 is available from Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and from MoneyHelper.

Help and Advice

The National Careers Service offers face-to-face help and advice on training, learning and working.

More information is available at the following links:

Furher Education Guides

Guides to further education to help you understand and plan further education.can be found at the following links: 

A Guide to Further Education for anyone with learning, health or disability issues is available from Disability Rights UK.

For a comprehensive guide to the options available for Training and Education for employment follow this link.


Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular study option and are a great way to gain hands-on experience while studying towards an industry recognised qualification and earning a salary. They're available across a range of sectors, from accounting, business, IT, media and law, to construction, engineering and transport.

Comprehensive information on Apprenticeships is available at MAG - APPRENTICESHIPS


Traineeships are available for young people aged 16-19 and for young people with Learning Difficulty Assessments up to an academic age of 25.

If you're aged 16-25 and unemployed The Princes Trust offer courses that can give you skills, support and work experience, and you'll meet other young people with similar goals to you.

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