Finding the right university is the first step towards higher education. Research plays a big part in the decision-making process and as a parent or carer, there are a number of ways you can help with your child's research. We suggest using university websites to explore their subject of interest, the modules covered, finance, and the university's location.
During this time, as your child explores different universities we recommend discussing the financial aspect of studying at each; how far they will be moving, if they will be working, and calculating what loans, scholarships, and bursaries they are entitled to. Whether your child can undertake a job will be impacted by the requirements of their course. For example, Nursing students are required to undertake hospital placements each year which could impact a students availability.
Once your child has an idea as to what universities they would like to study at, it is then time to apply. Students in England can apply to a university degree course online via UCAS. Schools & Colleges offer support for students completing their application, including advice on writing a personal statement - however, we offer personal statement writing advice tailored to specific subject areas.
Once your child submits their application it will go to the university's admissions teams to make sure it meets their entry requirements.
This is then passed to the relevant academic who uses a scoring system to ascertain whether they should be invited for an interview or audition (depending on the course) or make them a conditional or unconditional offer.
The main UCAS application deadline for undergraduate degrees is in January. If that deadline has passed, please watch our helpful video guide on what you can do next.
Clearing is a great opportunity for students who have delayed their application or have not met the entry requirements for their course to find a place at a university. Clearing opens the summer before classes start (typically at the start of July), and offers lower entry requirements for a range of courses, including specialist courses in health and science.
Once your child has their exam results, they may contact our team through Clearing to arrange their place on their chosen course (if there is room available). If they have a conditional offer but their exam results didn't go to plan, they can use clearing from results day, when we will have dedicated phone lines open to help them find a course.
We recommend that parents and carers are on hand throughout this period to support their children. Some courses of interest may close before your child can claim a place and thus Clearing can be a stressful time.
Now that your child has been accepted onto a course, it's time for the exciting part: preparing for university. Whether they're studying at their chosen uni or trying somewhere new, there are plenty of ways they can get ready and involved before classes start.
For one, we recommend they familiarise themselves with their campus before moving in. They can do this through online virtual tours, like these, or in-person campus tours. Either way, a pre-arrival tour is a great way to skip the first-day panic and settle into their new life faster.
In the lead-up to the academic year, students will hear from academics about textbooks and supplies they will need for their studies. We recommend buying supplies in advance so that your child can properly prepare before classes commence.
Find out more about how you can help your child prepare for and settle into university life.