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Further and higher education

Information on support available to students in further education.

When we talk about 'further education courses' we are referring to levels 0-3 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) - see example in the following table:

NQF level

Examples of qualifications


  • Entry level certificates
  • Skills for Life at entry level


  • GCSEs grades D-G
  • BTEC Introductory Diplomas and Certificates
  • OCR Nationals
  • Key Skills level 1
  • NVQs
  • Skills for Life


  • GCSEs grades A*-C
  • BTEC First Diplomas and Certificates
  • OCR Nationals
  • Key Skills level 2
  • NVQs
  • Skills for Life


  • A levels
  • Advanced Extension Awards
  • GCE in applied subjects
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Key Skills level 3
  • NVQs
  • BTEC Diplomas, Certificates and Awards
  • BTEC Nationals
  • OCR Nationals
  • Higher education finance

    From 11 March 2011 responsibility for all Student Support matters was transferred to Student Finance England.

  • Travel expenses help

    Hillingdon Transport Partnership policy statement for SEN learners, learners aged 16-18/19 in further education and other state approved education and training.