Higher education institutions are independent, self-governing bodies providing teaching, research and scholarship. This includes both degree-awarding universities and non-degree awarding institutions.

Higher education students are generally aged 18 or over, and have usually already achieved further education qualifications, such as A-levels, or an equivalent qualification from the UK or another country.

Many may have completed a foundation or access course.

UK higher education is split into two levels:

Undergraduate programmes include bachelor's degrees, foundation degrees, higher national diplomas and more

Postgraduate programmes include masters degrees, MBAs, PhDs, doctorates and more. Usually you need an undergraduate qualification to enter a postgraduate programme.

Most courses are taught in universities, but plenty are taught at colleges, specialist art institutions, business schools and agricultural colleges.

For more information on Higher Education Establishments and available degree courses follow this link.

Help to find and apply for a course is available at the GOV.UK website.

Guides to Higher Education

Which? Univerity provides a comprehensive guide to Higher Education and is designed to help students make more informed decisions about their higher education choices. It’s free, independent and takes no advertising.

The completeuniversityguide help students around the world research degree courses, universities & colleges, accommodation, funding and careers.

Their University League Tables & Rankings give you a good guide to which university is best for you, overall and by subject.

A list of all main UK Universities is available at this link.

Students with a health condition, learning difficulty or disability

"Into Higher Education" is a guide for anyone with a health condition, learning difficulty or disability thinking about studying in higher education detailing whether colleges or universities will be accessible, how to choose a course, what support will be available and the student finance system. Produced by Disability Rights UK the guide is available to download at this link.

Disability Rights UK have also produced Education Fact Sheets available at the following links:

Student Finance

A step by step guide to Student Finance can be found at this link.

Further information including applying for student finance is available at the following links:

A complete guide to help with stuident finance is available at MAG - HELP WITH EDUCATION COSTS.

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