Tertiary education

Tertiary education

Tertiary education, also referred to as third stage, third level, and post-secondary education, is the educational level following the completion of a school providing a secondary education, such as a high school, secondary school, or gymnasium. Higher education is normally taken to include undergraduate and postgraduate education, while vocational education and training beyond secondary education is known as "further education" in the United Kingdom, or "continuing education" in the United States.

Colleges, universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics are the main institutions that provide tertiary education for (sometimes known collectively as tertiary institutions). Tertiary education generally culminates in the receipt of certificates, diplomas,or academic degrees.

Usage in varying national contexts

United Kingdom

"Tertiary education" includes further education (FE), as well as higher education (HE). A "tertiary college", which is now often known as a FE College, is a college offering courses such as A Levels, that allow progression to HE, alongside vocational courses.UK, USA AUS, CANADA

ee also

*Education by country
*List of colleges and universities by country


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