Higher Education in St. Kitts and Nevis is provided mainly by the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College and the University of the West Indies Open Campus. The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) is the premier learning institution in the Federation, offering courses leading to certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in the various Divisions of the College: Arts and General Studies, Teacher Education, Health Sciences, Technical and Vocational Education, and Management Studies, which includes the Hospitality Training Centre. The CFBC also has arrangements with institutions such as the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), where credits obtained at the CFBC are transferred into Bachelor‘s degree programmes. A Master‘s degree programme offered by the UWI is also taught at the CFBC.
Further Education covers education and training which occurs after secondary level schooling but which is not part of the formal higher education system. Providers of Further and Adult Education and Training include:
- Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College – Division of Adult and Continuing Education
- Advanced Vocational Education Centre (AVEC)
- National Youth Skills
Post secondary education in St. Kitts and Nevis refers to programmes offered to school leavers and working adults, generally, as distinct from programmes offered in the four main Divisions at the CFB College. In the St. Kitts and Nevis context, CFBC is regarded as a tertiary level institution; although some of the programmes offered in the Technical and Vocational Education Division may be classified as post secondary. Post secondary education enables school leavers to take additional courses and/or re-sit courses at CAPE and CSEC that they would not have attained at secondary school. Such opportunities are typically offered at the CFBC Adult and Continuing Education Division and the through the Ministry of Education‘s Adult Education Programme in Nevis. The more established post secondary education opportunities, however, focus on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and enable learners to develop skills and competencies for the world of work in various occupational areas. Such programmes are offered at the Advanced Vocational Education Centre (AVEC) and through the National Skills Training Programme, as well as, selected courses at the CFBC Division of Technical and Vocational Education and Management Studies.
National Framework of Qualifications
Certification in the Further and Higher Education and Training Sector is usually in alignment with the National Qualifications Framework.