Achieving a degree from a good university is one of the best ways to secure a successful future career. The key factors in doing this are:
- Choosing the right A levels
- Being ambitious and hard-working
- Developing independent learning
- Achieving your fell potential
- Being well informed and supported in applying to university
We have our own special course to help sixth formers to prepare themselves properly for application to university. We also have many close links with universities, invaluable when we need guest lecturers, when students want individual advice on specialist academic matters or when students need practice interviews.
In 2015 more than four out of five of our students went on to University and a number of these went to the most selective Universities of the Russell Group, including Oxbridge. Students are encouraged to apply for the very best regardless of their circumstances and/or background.
Advice to Higher Education Applicants
Prospective applicants need to research thoroughly and to seek advice. The following websites are intended as a starting point and to provide a handy reference. Please bear in mind that this list is not intended to be exhaustive and that new resources appear all the time. (The fact that a site appears here does not mean we have extensively used it – be careful with confidential personal details and in particular your personal financial information). For up to date and accurate course information you can only expect the universities own websites to be reliable.
Those uncertain about Higher Education should look at
These two sites contain articles with useful advice on a number of career-related issues and plenty of job postings and work opportunities.
The main site is www.ucas.com for course searching, finance information, links to universities etc. as well as applying for entry which opens in June of the year before courses start.
Finance is a major concern for those new to the system and anyone who watches the news. Start by watching these videos:
Applicants ought to register with sites which provide guidance and opportunities to enhance applications. This includes:
Other useful general sites include:
Most of these can be linked to from UCAS. On what to study look at:
For medics www.mmc.nhs.uk
The role of the doctor www.medschools.ac.uk
Core values, skills and attributes needed www.gmc-uk.org
Then use the universities own sites – there is good advice provided to applicants.
Where to go look at www.ucas.com first (and keep going back to it), then www.scit.wiv.ac.uk/ukinfo for locations of institutions, League tables are very varied www.unistats.com I the UK official source on entry profiles, student satisfaction etc., www.whatuni.com, http://www.push.co.uk/,
The QS international table is at http://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings/2014
And an alternative is http://www.shanghairanking.com/
(League tables must be used carefully and critically! Key points are to drill down to course level and to identify the criteria used and decide which matter to you.)
For Higher Education convention visit planning
For open day dates look at www.opendays.com
For study abroad (finance is much more complicated and also means paying much more without government funding e.g. loans!)
How to eat as a student
Videos about universities www.unionview.com
Cambridge thinking skills
Study and Work Abroad
Worldwide Gap Year