As the number of higher education (HE) courses offered in further education (FE) settings increases, so does the need for teachers and trainee teachers to develop their teaching skills. This text is written for all those working towards QTLS who are teaching or planning to teach HE courses. It examines what it means to teach HE and how a HE environment can be created in an FE setting. It gives guidance on planning, teaching and assessing HE courses in FE. A practical guide for all FE teachers and trainee teachers as the sector adapts to the needs of education today.

College-Based Higher Education: The Students

College-based higher education: The students

By the end of this chapter you will be able to:

  • understand the particular needs and characteristics of students who choose to undertake college-based higher education;
  • be able to contextualise these within the context of theoretical ideas on structure and agency;
  • understand some of the differences between traditional and non-traditional students and the settings they choose to study in.


It is apparent that there are significant differences in the type of students who access college-based higher education, when compared with those who access university-based higher education. For example, a majority of students at university are young undergraduates who have progressed from school or college straight to university at around the age of 18. In comparison, many of the HE ...

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