Level 4 and 5 Provision and Higher Education in Further Education

Closed 9 Mar 2023

Opened 15 Dec 2022


This document is seeking views on level 4 and 5 provision and Higher Education in Further Education (HE in FE) – these are higher education courses and qualifications undertaken by learners aged 18+. This provision is primarily vocational in nature, is offered in a range of subject areas and is delivered mostly by further education colleges in partnership with universities and awarding bodies. Qualifications at this level can lead directly into employment or on to further study, including to undergraduate degrees.

Level 4 and 5 provision and HE in FE is critical in helping to ensure the widest possible range of people can access higher education and it is also essential for employers. These courses and qualifications often focus on practical and technical skills and so provide a vital pipeline for our economy to help our businesses grow and adapt.


  • Anyone from any background


  • Higher Education
  • Further Education
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  • Student Loans
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