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Higher Education

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.

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.

Choosing to go to university is a big decision and one you must take very seriously. Be prepared to do your research on the best course and university for you…

There are four local universities in our area;

  1. University of Creative Arts
  2. University of Brighton
  3. University of Sussex
  4. University of Chichester

All three offer different courses and experiences.  We interviewed a student from University of Chichester about his internship, click here to watch it…

Check out the UCAS site for more information.

Studying at college

If university life isn’t for you then East Surrey College offers HE courses.

Want some impartial advice about University?

The University of Brighton Compact is a partnership with over 50 schools and colleges in Sussex, Surrey and beyond. Through Compact, the University is leading efforts to encourage participation in higher education.

Find out if your school/college is part of the Compact.
Even if your school isn’t a partner, you can still take advantage of some of the Compact resources below.

How can the Compact benefit me?

Students studying at Compact partner schools and colleges can benefit from workshops and impartial advice, no matter which university you plan on applying to.

If you are applying to the University of Brighton you will also qualify for extra benefits, including guaranteed offers or interviews on some of the courses. You could also be eligible for financial help with a Compact Plus bursary.  Read more….

Compact also have some really useful web pages to help you with your application to university:

Making your application

Writing your personal statement

UCAS have a handy worksheet for you to use when writing your personal statement

Find out more about the Compact

For further information and advice contact: or call on 01273 642813