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qualification [ˌkwɒlɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n] noun
  1. A quality or accomplishment that makes someone suitable for a particular job or activity.
  2. The action or fact of becoming qualified as a practitioner of a particular profession or activity.

Further education is the most commonly used term in the UK to describe education after the age of 16 which is not part of higher education (HND, HE Diploma, Foundation Degree, Higher Apprenticeship, University Honours Degree and above). So, further education is a general heading used to describe an enormous range of qualifications from very basic to university entrance level.

Higher education is education at University level and beyond. You can study some higher education courses whilst still at college too.

More information on your study routes can be found under Education Advice.

Most employers will want to know that you have the qualifications needed to work in their organisation.  However, some employers may only be looking for evidence that you have concentrated and applied yourself at school and or college in order to obtain good grades or results. Even then, you should be looking to use your qualifications to demonstrate your ‘hard’ employability skills.

RememberAll employers still see value in employees having good qualifications in maths and English at GCSE level or equivalent.

For definitions of levels of qualifications, please visit the Education Advice section!

Find out what skills and qualifications may be useful to have to find work in these sectors:

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