Having looked through the information on our website, you may wish to find out more about specific matters related to higher education.
The list below provides links to some external sources of information and advice on Access courses, quality assurance, studying with disabilities, grants, employment opportunities and careers for graduates.
Access to HE courses are specially designed for entry into higher education and provide the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to progress to a degree or diploma course at a university or college. More information and a course search for QAA-recognised Access courses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can be found on the Access to HE website.
Information about Access courses in Scotland is available on the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) website.
If you are currently studying in further or adult education, it is worth approaching your tutor for help, as well as consulting your careers advisory service and careers library.
School and college liaison units within universities and higher education colleges will also help mature applicants. Some institutions have city centre advice shops.
The only trade association in the UK dedicated to distance learning providers: www.homestudy.org.uk.
Some local careers companies offer an all-age information and advisory service. This is sometimes free, but a modest charge may be made. Look in your local telephone directory under Careers Service.
Operated by the University of London Careers Service, but open to any graduates at any point in their careers, C2 offers impartial, independent advice on any matter related to jobs and careers. Several services are available, on a sliding scale of charges: www.c2careers.co.uk.
This organisation provides advice to disabled students who are studying in England and supports students studying in Wales and Scotland with general information: www.disabilityrightsuk.org. Disabled students who would like to study in Scotland can find more specialised information and advice about training from Lead Scotland.
Provides advice on funding available for post-16 education and training within the UK. Primarily concerned with helping disadvantaged students: www.family-action.org.uk.
Local IAG services for adults are delivered by a variety of organisations, including Careers Scotland, educational institutions, and voluntary and community bodies. They offer free infomation and advice to individuals. Contact details for your nearest IAG service are available at your local library.
In partnership with University of Hertfordshire, Interactive Design Institute offers online qualifications in art & design, with courses at every level from foundation to degree: www.idesigni.co.uk.
Guidance about training and employment opportunities. Working to rigorous standards monitored by the Department for Education: www.learndirect.co.uk.
Your local reference library will contain many of the sources of information you require and may have specially trained staff who will be able to help you.
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to support adults in making decisions about learning, training and work opportunities. The service is impartial and free to all adults in England.
A not-for-profit organisation that has been providing distance learning courses for over 40 years: www.nec.ac.uk.
NIACE is a non-governmental organisation which encourages more and different learners in England and Wales to engage in learning of all kinds: www.niace.org.uk.
The National Open College Network (NOCN) is the leading credit-based awarding organisation in the UK, offering high quality, flexible, credit-based qualifications: www.nocn.org.uk.
Open College of the Arts offers courses in art history, creative writing, fine art, garden and interior design, music, photography, film & digital media: www.oca-uk.com.
The OU is the UK's only university dedicated to distance learning: www.open.ac.uk.
QAA monitors the academic standards and quality of courses run by universities and colleges on behalf of the Government, and gives you the official information in its reports: www.qaa.ac.uk.
Information about training and employment opportunities in Scotland can be found at www.myworldofwork.co.uk
Ufi offers higher education programmes through Learndirect: www.ufi.com.
The UK's largest voluntary provider of adult learning: www.wea.org.uk.