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Further Education (FE)

FE stands for Further Education and refers to courses that you normally study after GCSEs such as A Levels or Diploma courses.

Key points
  • Students should be inspired of all their different options in Years 7-9.
  • Key messages around work routes and careers should be reinforced in Years 10-11.
  • Avoid making judgements about the prestige and status of different pathways and providers in case you unwittingly influence your students inappropriately.


  • Use Enterprise Advisers and Business Networks to help tackle the cultural and social reasons why young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are in danger of being left behind.
  • Use Enterprise Advisers and Business Networks to share their education and career experience.
What are the FE Options?
  • Normally study 3 subjects.
  • Most require at least 5 grade 4+ GCSE’s and often need a grade 5 or 6 in the chosen subject area.
  • Commonly leads onto university, but can also lead to employment, work-based qualifications, or Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.
  • Most A Levels are exam assessed.
  • New courses starting in September 2020, equivalent to 3 A Levels.
  • 2-year courses have been developed with employers so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.
  • Will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of around 3 months.
  • Progression onto skilled employment, College or University study or a higher apprenticeship.
  • Students will be able to take a T Level in a range of different subject areas.


  • Offers a more practical way of learning.
  • Entry requirements can vary and will depend on the subject or type of course.
  • Progression onto higher level vocational training, work, university or college.
  • Assessed mainly through coursework and practical assessments.
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