For further information on applying to University do visit the UCAS website as it is full of the latest information and guidance on the process.
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.
To see the UCAS timeline for the current Year 13 in the academic year 2020/21, including key in-school deadlines which your son or daughter must meet in order to send their application off on time, please click here
Year 12 Higher Education Forum Presentations and Useful Information
Choosing Your University
Do you want to live at home or move away? Do you want to study in a big city or a small town? Would you prefer a city centre site, or a green edge-of-town campus? Then you must look carefully at the different components of the course; two degrees with the same subject title might have very different course content.
There are many sources of information to use to help decide which university is the right one for you, and some are listed here.
Information about other university events and virtual open days can be found at the following link: https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/what-and-where-study/events-and-open-days
There are subject guides and a range of useful resources to help you choose subjects and courses at: www.ucas.com/ucas/subject-guide-list; www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/what-study; www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/University_Courses
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. www.russellgroup.ac.uk has all the information you need about the 24 RG universities - but do not limit yourself to these! Remember that institutions such as Bath and Loughborough are just as competitive, popular and prestigious.
The Government has been promoting degree apprenticeships as an alternative to the traditional university experience for a number of years and for many students these offer a more attractive route to becoming a graduate. It is important that students consider all the perceived advantages and disadvantages of each route so that they make the right decision for them. Whilst with a degree apprenticeship there will be no tuition fees and indeed the student will receive a salary, they will take longer to graduate and will miss out on the harder-to-quantify benefits of the university experience. They will however amass a great deal of real-life career experience and this route often suits those students who want to get stuck into work and take on responsibility after 14 years in full-time education.
Click here to watch a screencast presentation by Mr Williams on degree apprenticeships on the school’s youtube channel.
For more information and to search for organisations currently advertising degree apprenticeships please visit the government database at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-and-degree-apprenticeships .
Guidance for Results Day 2021
- Guidance on Clearing for students
- Guidance on Adjustment for students
- Guidance for Parents on Results Day
Other useful websites
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; , www.universitycompare.com; www.savethestudent.org/tools 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/finance/undergraduate-tuition-fees-and-student-loans, www.savethestudent.org/student-finance/the-big-fat-guide-to-student-finance 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/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