The UCAS widget, just below, links you directly to the UCAS website. Through simple navigation, it’s easy for users to increase their knowledge of the information and advice UCAS has to offer. The content is reviewed regularly by UCAS so it remains up-to-date and relevant.
The section for parents provides invaluable information to guide you through the different stages of the application process: look at the UCAS Parent Guide [a must-read for all parents/ guardians] and the parent information tool, sign up for monthly newsletters and access blogs, case studies and videos to support your son/ daughter every step of the way.
Other useful websites
There are subject guides and a range of useful resources to help you choose subjects and courses at:
Many universities offer taster courses which include lectures and workshops – have a look at www.ucas.com/taster-courses to find out more.
You can take a virtual university tour on many university websites, www.ucas.com/virtual-tours on Youtube.
You can research student satisfaction, quality of teaching, assessment feedback, academic support, learning resources, accommodation costs and destination statistics for every degree course on www.unistats.ac.uk
www.university.which.co.uk provides excellent information about subjects/ degree courses/ graduate employability and offers advice about writing personal statements; you can download a free ‘Getting into Uni’ guide, browse all universities or see how many applicants received an offer for your course last year.
www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk gives you university/subject league tables and graduate prospects, and offers advice on a wide range of matters from student finance to Oxbridge applications.
The Times www.timeshighereducation.com, Telegraph and Guardian also produce league tables for subjects as well as universities – but it’s important to check the weighting and methodology of all league tables to understand their bias. A more useful table is one you create yourself: you can record the key points from a range of university/ subject rankings but include all the other important factors for you [course content, teaching style and assessment, type of university, distance from home, accommodation …].
www.whatuni.com and www.thestudentroom.co.uk/a-z-of-universities.php give you university profiles, compare degree course details and offer advice on many topics from selecting subjects to choosing accommodation.
www.studenthut.com has been described as a Trip Adviser for universities and reviews all aspects of student life from courses to nightlife.
You can find out about regional variations in the cost of living at www.timeshighereducation.com/student/news/uks-regional-student-living-costs-revealed or www.timeshighereducation.com/student/news/cheapest-student-cities-uk and use the UCAS budget calculator tool.
The Student Finance website www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance provides comprehensive information and you may also want to have a look at www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/finance-and-support and www.university.which.co.uk/advice/student-finance to help you get on top of budgets and money matters.
Another excellent website is www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/student-finance-need-to-knows: Martin Lewis busts the myths surrounding student loans and offers advice on student bank accounts and how to stretch your loan.
You can research graduate employment prospects by subject or university at www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/courses/top-10-subjects-for-graduate-employability or www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings.
www.prospects.ac.uk, www.allaboutcareers.com and www.icould.com also offer career options with your course but remember that most graduate level jobs are not concerned with your degree subject knowledge – what’s important is that you are a graduate.
Some useful websites for ‘Gap year’ students: