Applying to Higher Education

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Getting started

For most students the application process 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

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