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Progression to Higher Education

We understand that ensuring your learners achieve and are ready to progress to their next stage is your number one goal… and that makes it our number one goal!

Over 2 million students choose to study at UK Higher Education (HE) institutions, so it’s important to us that we create fit-for-purpose qualifications to support your learners wishing to progress to HE.

With a number of qualifications that carry UCAS points, we’ll ensure your learners are ready to enter university, following achievement of NCFE and CACHE qualifications.

Qualifications supported by leading universities

A number of our qualifications are supported by large UK universities, including Russell Group institutions, showing that they accept these qualifications as a route for entry to Higher Education*.

“Our results show that NCFE qualifications cover the essential foundational knowledge needed to provide learners with access to higher education studies.”
Tim Barry, Head of the Department for Medical & Sport Sciences at University of Cumbria
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*As Higher Education institutions (HEIs) set their own entry requirements for degree courses, it’s advisable to check entry requirements with the chosen HEI to establish full learner progression routes.

Higher Education partnerships 

We have membership with the following influential organisations to help champion progression to Higher Education with vocational qualifications:

Qualifications written by the sector, for the sector

We regularly invite employers and stakeholders to participate in qualification development and scoping activities, which is why many of our qualifications are supported and endorsed. We’ve collaborated with the likes of Home Group, one of the biggest housing associations in the UK, and Communicorp UK, which is home to some of the most popular household brands such as Capital, Heart and Smooth radio.

Find out more about our collaborative working


Guide for HE Institutions

Our quick guide provides more information about our qualifications that get learners ready for Higher Education.

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QualHub holds information on all of our qualifications, resources, advice and guidance all in one place.

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NCFE travel qualifications are a great foundation for learners who wish to progress to Higher Education as the content and assessment methods help learners develop valuable skills such as self-directed study, critical thinking, problem solving and working collaboratively.
My experience of working with NCFE on qualification development has been very positive. It was great to see that we had the right people in the room to contribute to the development – it was useful to hear everyone’s thoughts on how they would benefit from the new qualifications.