Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 167
Words: Trish Lesslie. Photography: Shutterstock
You don't have to move away from
home while you study
Attending a local college cuts down
on travel time
Fees are usually far more affordable
than university fees
FECs can offer flexible hours to fit in
with your work and home life
Studies have shown that further
education can boost self-esteem and
wellbeing, and help develop social
networks, independence of thought,
problem solving and IT skills
business, IT, engineering or health
and social care, which can lead to a
large variety of work, apprenticeships
and university courses.
Practical vocational courses, often
called "tech levels", that lead to
speciﬁc jobs such as hairdressing,
plumbing or engineering.
Apprenticeships, in which a
student undertakes paid work
predominantly or completely with
an employer and is assessed in the
workplace or by attending college
for a day or week at a time.
Courses that prepare people for
higher education, such as access
courses or an art foundation
course/post-A-level art course.
level courses, such as foundation
degrees, HNDs and HNCs.
Foundation courses that are
designed to develop maths, English,
study skills, conﬁdence and
employability. These courses can
give students the chance to try out
several diﬀerent vocational areas.
Foundation degrees and
full honours degrees.
Learning for leisure courses, which
are usually part time and often take
place in the evenings. They may
involve learning more about a hobby
or interest such as ceramics or art.
Many FECs now oﬀer students
the opportunity to obtain access
to training and qualiﬁcations
through online courses, working
with e-learning partners to deliver
training and qualiﬁcations.
Anyone with access to an internet
connection can become an e-student
and there are many advantages to this
method of learning. E-learning is:
Cost eﬀective - minimising
travel and classroom costs.
Flexible - studying is "on
demand", meaning you're in control
of where and when you learn.
Up to date - all training
materials can be kept current,
which allows every student to
learn from the latest content.
Evidence based - progress
tracking, completion reports and
downloadable certiﬁcates ensure
that everything learned is validated
Consistent - online courses
provide a standard message,
eliminating problems with diﬀerent
instructors teaching diﬀerent
material in diﬀerent styles.
Environmentally friendly - You
don't need to travel and it doesn't
consume vast amounts of paper.
FIND OUT MORE
Association of Colleges
Career Skills & Training
Further Education Courses & Funding
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