FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) from parents and carers
Frequently asked questions from parents and carers
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GOING TO UNIVERSITY?
Obtaining a degree can open up better job prospects and increase the range of career choices available to the graduate. Those with higher education qualifications are more likely to have access to a wider selection of jobs. They earn, on average, more than those without a degree. Graduates gain independence, confidence, valuable skills and knowledge, as well as meeting new friends and having experiences they’ll never forget.
Graph showing average earnings of graduates compared to non-graduates. Department of Business, Innovation and Skills 2013.
HOW DO POTENTIAL STUDENTS CHOOSE A COURSE AND UNIVERSITY?
There are over 38,000 courses available at over 165 Higher Education Institutions, including 115 universities. The UCAS course database provides details of all courses available. Other good sources of information include higher education fairs, university websites, prospectuses and course leaflets, independent university guides, and university and course league tables: (www.guardian.co.uk/education or www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk). Once a decision has been made on a subject, students should think about course content, assessment methods, and entry requirements. The best way to decide on a university is to visit. Find out when universities have their open days here .
HOW DO STUDENTS APPLY TO UNIVERSITY?
Students need to apply to university using an online application system. Students will need to register, fill in up to 5 course choices, enter information about their qualifications and write a personal statement.
WHAT ACCOMMODATION IS AVAILABLE?
Most universities provide first year students with accommodation in halls of residence. Facilities provided may include kitchens, laundries, TV rooms, telephones and internet access. Students should apply for halls of residence as soon as they receive a firm offer of a place from a university. For students who do not get a place in a hall, many universities provide managed housing and accommodation offices that can help find alternative accommodation. Whether a student lives in halls of residence or in private rented accommodation, it is recommended that they take out a (student) contents insurance policy.
HOW MUCH WILL UNIVERSITY COST?
Loans are available to cover tuition fees and help towards living costs, and are not repayable until the graduate is in work and earning over £21,000 p.a. There is additional financial support available such as: HE bursaries, scholarships, fee waivers and the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) for students with disabilities. It should also be borne in mind that university graduates are generally more employable, and likely to earn higher salaries than those without degrees. For more information see our There are many different support services for students at university. These include: academic advice, counselling, disability and dyslexia support, chaplaincy and financial advice. Job shops for part-time work opportunities and careers centres to help students write CVs and find full-time employment are also available. To find out more please see our Support Page.
WHAT SUPPORT DO UNIVERSITIES PROVIDE?
There are many different support services for students at university. These include: academic advice, counselling, disability and dyslexia support, chaplaincy and financial advice. Job shops for part-time work opportunities and careers centres to help students write CVs and find full-time employment are also available. To find out more please see our Support Page.