Applying for university
Should I go to university?
It's a big decision and you need to research your choices carefully to make sure you're not one of the thousands of first year students who drop out or change course or university each year.
- Do I have a career in mind? Some jobs require a degree while others you can get into via an apprenticeship, school leaver training programme or sponsored degree. If your school has eCLIPS, search the job groups to find out if your chosen career requires a degree or not.
- What career will suit me? If you're not sure what career would suit you, consider doing the Morrisby Assessment. Contact us for more information, dates and to find out if you're eligible for a bursary.
- What job can I get with my chosen subject? Click here to view the possible career options open to you following your degree.
Which universities offer my course?
- UCAS lists every course at every uni and further education college in the UK.
- If your school has an Adviza careers adviser ask them about HEAP which lists all courses by entry requirement so you can apply for courses that match your predicted grades.
How do I find out about the uni I want to go to?
- Go to their open day. Check this site for open days across the UK.
- Take a look at these sites:
Unistats - search, review and compare courses and universities. Reviews written by current uni students.
Which? University - what to study and where to study it.
What Uni? - comprehensive, student led guide to applying to uni
Push - independent and brutally honest site about different universities. Written by current students.
Can I afford it?
- You may need to get a student loan to pay for your tuition fees, accommodation and general expenses.
- You don't need to repay your loan until you are earning over £21,000 per year. Click here to learn about student finance.
- Student Cash Point is a guide to finding financial support (bursaries/awards etc) to assist with the cost of uni.
How do I write my personal statement?
- UCAS have written this guide on personal statements; what they are, who reads them, what they're used for and how to write one.
- Studential have a free bank of thousands of real and recent personal statements, broken down by subject and university.
Any other advice?
- Adviza provides impartial, confidential and convenient one-to-one sessions with qualified and experienced careers and education advisers who will work with you to determine the right course of action for you, taking into consideration your options, circumstances, qualifications and skills. Click here for more details.
- The Complete University Guide provides information on courses, universities, league tables, fees, graduate careers and has a section for parents and carers.