Why University?

What's it all about?
University isn't just about learning, the experience will enrich your life. You will:

  • increase your knowledge – study what you love, you’re interested in and with the top experts in their fields
  • get your first true taste of independence and freedom, build self-confidence, experience all aspects of student life, broaden your horizons and meet new people
  • gain a qualification that’s internationally recognised - UK higher education qualifications are recognised and respected by employers and academics worldwide
  • develop the essential skills you’ll need in your career and working life – communication, organisation, time management, team work, leadership, problem-solving
  • increase your earning potential – having a degree makes you more attractive to employers, you’ll have a greater choice of jobs and you’ll earn more. The average salary for graduates is 30% higher than for non-graduates aged 25-30. In 2013–14 , 90% of all graduates were in work or further study within six months of leaving university
  • experience student life – yes, you’re expected to work hard but uni is also fun. Whatever your interests, there are a huge range of clubs, societies and a diverse social life on offer

Choose from more than 50,000 courses in over 25 subject areas

You can focus on subjects you've studied at school, extending and deepening your knowledge in a subject you have a passion for, or a career you're aiming for.

Some subjects will be new to you and could be your new passion. Many courses offer opportunities to combine subjects to suit your interests and preferences.

Find out more here about the types of courses available.

- Information from UCAS.com

University Checklist

  1. Research your university options by exploring the UCAS website, The Uni Guide website, attending careers fairs, visiting open days, looking at prospectuses, and exploring the websites of individual universities.
  2. Register your details on UCAS and begin the application process. Make sure you link your application to the school using the school’s buzzword. 
  3. Seek advice from your Careers and Sixth Form teams as and when needed. They will also help to check your application and personal statement.
  4. Pay the UCAS application fee and send your application.
  5. When you have received your offers, take your time to carefully consider them before replying.
  6. Apply to Student Finance and then check to see if your chosen university offers any additional scholarships or bursaries.
  7. Apply for accommodation (if you decide to live at university). Every university will open their accommodation on different dates, so check the individual websites.
  8. Work hard for your examinations.
  9. Collect your results on A level results day and log into UCAS track to check your offer status. You may have still been accepted if you narrowly missed the entry requirements. If you have not achieved the grades, the staff will help you through the clearing process.