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 and Widening Participation

College-based higher education and widening participation

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

  • contextualise widening participation in HE in terms of the political agenda;
  • understand the academic and organisational implications of offering college-based higher education;
  • discuss the new types of HE provision offered in FE;
  • describe a broad range of curricula offered under the college-based Higher Education banner.


The term ‘widening participation’ refers to a broad range of initiatives and activities which have taken place, over time, across both the HE and FE sectors. In terms of college-based Higher Education, however, it is used to:

…denote activities to recruit students from the groups that HEIs have identified as under-represented, and then to ensure their success. These groups may include disabled people, ...

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