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University

Thinking of going to university? Before making any decisions, get clued-up on the reasons to go, what life is like and what it's going to cost.

Why should I go?

Going to uni will make you more attractive to employers and you'll have loads of new experiences. You'll get to study your favourite subjects in more depth, and if you study away from home you'll find out what independent adult life is like.

How do I apply?

You will need to apply through UCAS. This can be done on the UCAS website. You will have lots of preparation through tutor time and CP sessions to help you with your application, but you must decide what you want to study before you apply.

Applications can be sent to UCAS from mid-September, however the final deadlines are as follows:

  • 15 October 2018: Applications for Oxford, Cambridge or most courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine/science should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time). The reference needs to be completed before the application can be sent to UCAS
  • 15 January 2019: Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) on this day (check course details in the search tool for the correct deadline). The reference needs to be completed before the application can be sent to UCAS.
  • 25 February 2019: Extra starts for eligible applicants
  • 30 June 2019: If an application is sent to UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) on this day, they’ll send it to the chosen universities or colleges. Applications received after this date will automatically be entered into Clearing.
  • 4 July 2019: Last date for applicants to add an Extra choice
  • 31 August 2019: The deadline for any remaining conditions to be met – otherwise the university or college might not accept the applicant. Adjustment ends on this date.
  • 20 September 2019: The final deadline for applications to 2019 courses. Applications must arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time).
  • 22 October 2019: The deadline for adding Clearing choices, and for universities or colleges to accept applicants in Clearing.

What should I study?

Doing any degree shows employers that you're smart and motivated - important skills for any job.  The main thing is to study something you want to learn more about. Talk to your teachers or careers advisor.  They'll advise you on which university subjects are best for your personality, skills and abilities.

Between March and September you should also be independently researching universities and courses. Open Days, conferences and HE fairs/conventions take place between March and September/early October. You should make the most of school/college holidays to visit universities, colleges, and university cities/towns.

Visit the link below for an outline of Taster Days available across the country:

Can I afford it?

At the moment, average student debt can be as high as £30,000. You may get a bursary and a student loan but tuition fees, rent, food and nights out all add up. Many students have to work part-time to cover their costs. 

Click the links below for important information regarding university finance:

What is student life like?

You're expected to study hard, but uni is also fun.  The social scene is buzzing around and you'll make new friends and try new things.  It may be hard being away from friends and family though, and money will be tight so make sure you know how to budget.

Can I get a good job without a degree?

While some jobs require a degree, there are plenty that don't. You will need a degree if you want to study something specific like medicine. You are likely to start on a lower wage without a degree.

There are many options for school leavers. Distance learning is a good way to get a degree and avoid debt as you can have a full-time job and study in the evenings. Some universities offer scholarships or can give you additional money towards your study. There is the option of studying abroad with many universities across the world teaching a huge spectrum of courses. Tuition fees are often a lot lower if you study abroad and you get to experience living in a new country. Other options post 18 include Higher Apprenticeships, taking a Gap Year and Volunteering. Explore some of these options on the main careers page if you think they might be more appropriate to you, and remember, if you need some advice speak to Mrs Clohosy who can help by arranging a careers interview with the careers advisor.