Further and higher education
Find out about further and higher education options in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.
At 16 you might choose to study full-time. Schools, colleges and training providers offer a range of subjects and courses. You could study subject based qualifications such as A levels or work and job related courses such as NVQs and BTECS.
A full-time course may only be for three days a week so you may want to find some part-time work or volunteering to do on the other days. If you do not have Grade 4 Maths and English you will need to keep studying these subjects.
Courses are at different levels and you can start at the level which is best for you. When you finish the course you might move onto the next level in the same subject of change to a different subject.
- Entry level courses can be a good start for young people who have not studied for GCSEs at school.
- Level 1 courses give you a good foundation in the subject you choose.
- level 2 courses are GCSEs and job-related courses like NVQs, BTECs and diplomas that involve learning to the same level as you would for a GCSE
- level 3 courses are A Levels and job-related courses like NVQs, BTECs and diplomas that involve learning to the same level as you would for an A Level
- there are also courses at higher levels, for example a foundation degree at university is a Level 4 or 5 course