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Key agencies and initiatives  (in alphabetical order)


Aimhigher is a national programme aiming to widen participation in higher education by raising the awareness, aspirations and attainment of young people from under-represented groups.  The programme particularly focuses on young people from disadvantaged social and economic backgrounds, some minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

Association of Colleges (AoC)

The AoC was established in 1996 to promote the interests of further education colleges in England and Wales.  Their website holds information, guidance and advice on all aspects of the sector – including the provision of higher education in further education colleges.


Edexcel provides a range of vocational and academic further and higher education courses.  The edexcel website provides information for students, staff, colleges, universities and employers involved with edexcel qualifications.

Foundation Degree Forward (fdf)

Foundation Degree Forward support the development, delivery and quality assurance of Foundation Degrees in further and higher education colleges.  Their website provides guidance for those developing and supporting Foundation Degrees in the form of publications, case studies, details of events and links to other useful sites.


HELP, bases at the University of Plymouth, is a Centre for Excellence in HE in FE Learning Partnerships and aims to become a national exemplar of excellence in HE in FE provision.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

HEFCE distributes funds to Universities and Colleges in England.  All colleges delivering higher education receive HEFCE funds.  Some receive them directly; others receive money indirectly through a franchise agreement with a higher education institution.  The website contains a section relating specifically to HE in FE.

Higher Education Academy

The Higher Education Academy was established in 2003 to support learning and teaching at Higher Education level in Universities and Colleges.  The Academy also advises on policies and practices that impact on the student learning experience.  The website contains a section relating specifically to HE in FE.

Learning and Skills Council (LSC)

The Learning and Skills Council is responsible for funding and planning vocational training in England.  Their aim is “to improve the skills of England's young people and adults to make sure we have a workforce that is of world-class standards”.

Lifelong Learning Networks 

The Lifelong Learning Networks are an initiative set up support vocational progression into and through Higher Education.  The Networks comprise partnerships between further and higher education institutions on a generally regional basis.  There is, however, one national network dedicated to the Arts (NALN).

University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

UVAC is a not-for-profit organisation set up by the higher and further education sector in 1999 to support and champion higher vocational learning.


Further Education Colleges

A list of further education colleges available on the HERO website:

A list of further educations colleges offering higher education courses available on the HERO website:


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