From studying in school to studying at post graduate degree level it’s not just about finding the right course, but working out what is right for you. Think about:

Where do you want to study – do you want to be based at home, do distance learning, or move away to study?

How do you learn best – are you better at more hands-on based courses, or better with exams? Do you want to learn full-time or part-time?

What you will study – is it a general subject you’ll need to study or something more specific?

Once you have an idea about what you might want to do in the future, you can then start to work how you might get there and at what level you may wish to study.

Qualifications Explained


This qualification is in a specific subject undertaken by students normally between 14-16, and is normally the precursor to completing an A-level.


This is normally done after completing GCSEs, and is in a specific subject typically done by students aged 16-18. Students would normally choose 3/4 subjects to study.


This vocational qualification can be taken by anyone over the age of 14 in England and Wales .


A Higher National Diploma is a work-related course that you would take at higher or further education colleges. This is normally the equivalent to two years at university.


Higher National Certificate are a level below a HND. A HNC is a work-related qualification and it tends to be equivalent to the first year of a university course.


A National Vocational Qualification is a work-based qualification that combines learning and practical working.


An apprenticeship is a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work.

Degree Level Course

You would usually complete this course whilst at university over the course of three to four years. Depending on the subject, these courses combine coursework, exams and practical learning also.

Think studying at College or University is the right route for you? Why not have a look at what courses are available locally, then get in touch with your chosen training provider to find out more about their courses?