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  Further education is full- and part-time education, outside the higher education sector, for persons over compulsory school age (sixteen years), including vocational, academic, social, physical and recreational courses. It is often vocational or work based with emphasis on the needs of employers. Vocational education is very flexible and is constantly being revised and developed to meet these needs.

Further education also provides continued general education for people of all ages. People use further education to study academic subjects and explore recreational activities as well as to develop and upgrade work skills.

Further education colleges usually offer a range of full-time and part-time vocational courses, as well as more academic and higher education courses. Many of the courses provide qualifications which are accepted for entry into UK universities.

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