Higher education (HE) applies to any form of education that results in a level 4+ qualification. This includes HND, foundation degree, university degree or degree apprenticeship.
HND (Higher National Diploma)
A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a work-related course provided by higher and further education colleges in the UK. It takes two years to complete full-time, or three to four years part-time. An HND is generally considered to be the equivalent to two years at university.
Introduced in 2001, a foundation degree is a combined academic and vocational qualification, equivalent to two thirds of an honours bachelor's degree. They are well suited to those who are unsure about taking a full degree or if they want to study while you work.
Most people mean a bachelor's degree when they talk about a university degree, but they can also lead to a master's and doctoral degrees.
These are a new type of programme offered by some universities, in which students achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their apprenticeship with an employer. They are ideal for combining working with studying part-time at a university.
For nearly 30 years the Good Schools Guide has provided trusted help and advice to parents, helping them with one of the most important questions they face - choosing the right school for their child. The Good Schools Guide: Careers (GSGC) is a natural development of that help, aimed at young people and their parents as they consider the future.
Further Education refers to educational choices made after reaching your 16th birthday. FE covers all qualifications lower than a degree.
Apart from having excellent career staff - essential guides to an unknown land - careers departments should offer lots of careers development. These are programmes and opportunities where and through which you can learn about careers; opportunities to experience work, involving real employers or other outside experts.
You have been shortlisted for an interview. Whether this is your first ever job interview or not, there is one word that sums up the best approach to getting that job: PREPARE!
Apprenticeships may well be the flavour of the moment, but they are not a new idea. In fact, apprenticeships hark back to Medieval Times. Craftsmen would take on young men (14 -21 years) offering them a free training in exchange for basic food and lodgings. An apprentice would be tied to their employer for several years during which they would learn as much as they were able to become a qualified craftsman themselves. During the Industrial Revolution, the concept was abolished, and it was not until the 1960s that it re-emerged in the UK.