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The Further Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1997


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Article 2.


1.  The descriptions of courses referred to in the definition of “higher education” in Article 2(2) are the following—

(a)a course for the further training of teachers or youth and community workers;

(b)a course for the Higher National Diploma or Higher National Certificate of the Business & Technology Education Council, or the Diploma in Management Studies;

(c)a course in preparation for a professional examination at higher level;

(d)a course providing education at a higher level (whether or not in preparation for an examination);

(e)a post-graduate course (including a higher degree course);

(f)a first degree course;

(g)a course for the Diploma of Higher Education;

(h)a course for the Certificate in Education.

2.  For the purposes of paragraph 1(c) a professional examination is at higher level if its standard is higher than the standard of examinations at advanced level for the General Certificate of Education or the examination for the National Certificate or the National Diploma of the Business & Technology Education Council.

3.  For the purposes of paragraph 1(d) a course is to be regarded as providing education at a higher level if its standard is higher than the standard of courses providing education in preparation for any of the examinations mentioned in paragraph 2.

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