Applying to Higher Education

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Getting started

For most students the process of applying for Higher Education begins in September-November of their final year at school or college. There is a lot of information available so it is important to be well organised. Good research is crucial so:

  • Students should be aware of and consult the many sources of information that are available – that includes talking to people, especially admissions tutors
  • Attend events if possible – they help you get the full picture
  • Make sure students choose a course that that really interests them and look at the individual course content if possible. A university may not have top ten ranking in a particular list but may be good for that particular course. Keep options open and make informed choices

Sources of information about applying for Higher Education

Here are some starting points for your research:

  • Professional body websites – see the links under Useful Information for all those by our member organisations
  • University websites (including the relevant department pages)
  • University printed prospectuses
  • University admissions tutors
  • UCAS website
  • Unistats, an official site letting you compare subjects across universities and colleges and see reviews by students
  • University open days, these are excellent for getting answers to lots of questions and to find out about the place which a student may be living and studying in for the next few years.