Research early and get ahead
Whether you are yet to choose your GCSE or A level subjects, or you are researching higher education and career options, our useful guide will help you in your next steps towards your future.
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Choosing GCSEs and A levels
Even though university may seem a long way off, there are some important things to think about when choosing your school subjects.
Choosing the right university degree
There are so many options so one of the most important things is to find right course for you.
It’s never too early to visit an open day
“I know that a lot of Year 12 students attend open days in the Autumn before the January deadline – is it possible to visit universities sooner and give myself more time to make decisions?”
It's never too early to attend an open day and universities will certainly not turn you away just because you're not studying A levels yet.
Busting university myths
“It isn’t worth going to university”
- Having a degree under your belt can give you the opportunity for greater earning potential in your future career.
- Going to university can open the door to an exciting range of careers.
- Volunteering, studying or working overseas, and getting involved in student life, all help to enhance your university experience.
- Studying at university can improve self-confidence and skills such as problem solving and communication.
“University will be too hard for me”
- Work levels increase gradually and you’re supported all the way through.
- Time is built in to your week for personal study.
- University induction week prepares you for the start of the year.
- Choosing a subject area you enjoy makes it easier and more interesting to study.
- There are a variety of teaching styles: large groups, small groups, practical sessions.
“I won’t make friends”
- You will meet people during induction week, in your accommodation, and at any additional activities you take part in.
- Each university has a Students’ Union, which runs hundreds of clubs and societies, and social activities.
- You will meet like-minded people through your course and hobbies, from all corners of the globe.
“I won’t receive enough support”
- Support is available for all your learning needs.
- Support is available for health problems or if you need someone to talk to.
- You will have a personal tutor who is there to help if you need it.
- In all first-year halls you’ll have second or third year students who live in your hall block in case you have any problems or worries.
“I can’t afford to go to university”
- Funding is available to pay your full university fees.
- You can get funding to help with your living costs.
- Scholarships and bursaries are available at all universities and you don’t have to pay these back.
- You can work part-time and get relevant work experience while earning.
- Repayment after university is dependent upon your earnings not how much you owe.