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Higher Education

higher education noun

  1. education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

What is higher education?

Higher education (HE) is the next level of study up from level 3 courses like A levels, BTEC Nationals and NVQs at level 3. Most HE courses are taught at universities, but some colleges also offer HE level courses, usually through having links with a university. Some specialist course providers also offer HE courses, such as art schools and agricultural colleges.

It’s important to think about your options for higher education. As well as HE courses at college and university it is also possible to do a higher Apprenticeship in many industry areas now which might suit your learning style better and move you more quickly along your career path.

Take a look here to find out more about HE, whether it’s the best option for you and where you can study.

Studying at University

There are two universities in Brighton and Hove.

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Find out what Brighton University has to offer potential students.


What’s it like to be an undergraduate student at the University of Sussex? Hear students talk about what they’ve been getting up to during their time at Sussex.

You might be thinking about moving away to go to university. There are many different choices of course and university so you will need some help making your decision.

Check out the UCAS site for more information.

Studying at college

If university life isn’t for you then City College Brighton and Hove offers HE courses.

Just outside of Brighton and Hove the following colleges also offer HE courses: