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Useful Links

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Defence Gateway (DLE) - Online

Parenting Statement

Royal Air Force Electronic Personal Development Record - Please download the documents into your personal area.

Qualifications: What the different levels mean

How different qualifications compare

Guidance on the right qualification

Qualifications Comparison Chart for the United Kingdom.

The main portal to search University Courses and how to apply:

Higher Education Websites:


Direct Government Careers Advice - Advice on learning and career development.

Direct Governement website for Citizens - providing information and online services for the public all in one place.

Department for Education and Skills (DfES) - Courses for Children, Schools and Families.

The Higher Education Academy - For students in higher education to enjoy the highest quality learning experience.

Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE)- promotes and funds high-quality, cost-effective teaching and research.

Leadership Foundation for Higher Education - Provides a dedicated service of support and advice on leadership, governance and management .

NUCCAT (Northern Universities Consortium for Credit Accumulation and Transfer) - A federation of 40 higher education institutions in the UK, which seeks to share and promote best practice in the development of modularity, credit frameworks and academic frameworks; promote staff development in these areas; debate issues of common interest; and undertake specific projects on credit for external sponsors. NUCCAT works with other UK credit consortia to a) develop guidelines for the development and implementation of a national credit framework to harmonise with the QAA National Qualifications Framework for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and to b) contribute to the UK Credit Equivalence Project, which aims to establish the credit value of qualifications not currently credit-rated.

QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) - Aims to safeguard the public interest in sound standards of higher education qualifications and to encourage continuous improvement in the management of the quality of higher education. It does this by working with higher education institutions to define academic standards and quality, carrying out and publishing reviews against these standards. The QAA is an independent body funded by subscriptions from UK universities and colleges of higher education, and through contracts with the main UK higher education funding bodies.

THES (Times Higher Education Supplement) - Online newspaper for everyone involved in higher education and research featuring jobs, news, reviews, opinions. Many articles and services are available by subscription only.

Universities UK - Represents all UK universities and some higher education colleges. Its 121 members are the executive heads of these institutions. It works to advance the interests of universities and to spread good practice throughout the higher education sector. Its mission is to be the essential voice of UK universities by promoting and supporting their work.

Career Learning Cafe - packed with ideas, practical resources including Game for a Career, careers stories, guides for principles and practice including ideas for using narrative, developing portfolios, theories for Connexions work, conference papers and articles, reviews of professional material, other materials added regularly, for all advisers working with careers and guidance.

University of Birmingham

University of Essex Online - An online education institution, partnered and validatedby University of Essex offering a range of undergraduate andpostgraduate degree courses, which can be studied 100% online and part-time.

The magazine of the ELC Administration Service offering lots of useful inspiration for those wishing to undertake study.

Further Links

Future Learn - Source of a number of free courses.

Learndirect - provides on-line courses and course advice.

Usefularticle on free courses.

In2Wrk - Provider of free English, Maths and IT courses for adults.

Organisations that support Lifelong Learning

LLUK - The sector skills council responsible for the professional development of staff working in the UK lifelong learning sector.

NIACE - (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) encourages adults to engage in learning of all kinds.

British Institute for Learning and Development.

Studying Abroad

Studying in Germany - contains detailed and accurate information about Studying in Germany, this website is also translated in 10 different languages.

Germany Visa - contains detailed information about Germany Student Visa and requirements.

German Health insurance - contains detailed information about Germany Health Insurance for Students.

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