Further education colleges – often known as FE colleges – offer a wide range of college courses, from traditional vocational qualifications to A-levels. In this section, we explore more about what’s on offer, and the advantages of all these options for school leavers.
College courses range from Foundation degrees, to HNDs (Higher National Diploma) and HNCs (Higher National Certificate) and BTECs (Business, Technology & Education Council. City & Guilds as well as ‘OCR Nationals’ are also on offer at FE colleges, delivering a similar qualification and can also be taken in a variety of subjects.
An NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) is another qualification students take at FE college. Students are assessed ‘on-the-job’, where an NVQ assessor measures an individual’s performance when undertaking a particular process or task. FE colleges also offer apprenticeships, which you can apply for through the FE college rather than through the apprentice employer.
FE colleges offer this wide range of courses relating to many different subject areas from catering and hospitality, fashion and design, to vehicle mechanics and construction. Each FE college is different, so you will need to check with your chosen college what courses are available. As a guide, the type of subjects on offer include:
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