United Kingdom, Higher Education in

In the United Kingdom, the terms ‘higher education’ (HE) and ‘further education’ (FE) are used to describe educational post-compulsory, post-secondary, or tertiary education activities. The United Kingdom has both HE and FE sectors although educational organisations in both sectors offer courses leading to HE qualifications. This entry focuses on the nature of HE in the United Kingdom, the organisations that provide it, and the profile of students who study in UK universities and colleges. It then describes how UK HE is organised, regulated, and funded.

UK HE Qualifications

The UK’s HE and FE sectors are differentiated based on the most common level of qualifications that they offer related to the UK’s two national qualifications frameworks: (1) the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales, and Northern ...

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