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Higher Education for Further Education

The Open University is pleased to be working with the Department for Education and the Office for Students in England on a new initiative. The aim is to increase the availability of targeted HE programmes at levels 4 and 5 that deliver the skills that local employers need and that offer people of all ages the opportunity to train and secure high-quality employment in their community.

Following the DfE’s announcement on 25th May 2022, The Open University is pleased to be involved with this initiative to work with FE colleges in areas that require more targeted HE programmes to deliver on the skills needed by employers in the region. 

The Open University will work with colleges through, either, collaborative delivery, or validation models, to enable colleges to develop or increase the number of HE options available to the community. 

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Inviting Applications

We are now accepting applications for the DfE Higher Technical Education Boost for FE funds. 

To make an application, please download the following:

  1. Preface to the Application Form (please read)
  2. Application Form

Once you have completed the application form, please return by email to

Please refer to the Preface to the Application form for submission deadlines. 

Please note that we are now accepting applications subject to finalising the terms and conditions of the arrangements with the OfS.

Find out more about how the funding differs between the National Validation Scheme and the Skills Injection Fund

If you have any questions, please refer them to

On-demand webinar

There is an on-demand webinar available below to provide information and guidance on the application process

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