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.