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Higher Education

The majority of students in our Trust progress to higher education, and a third progress to a Russell Group university. If you are considering university as an option you may want to start researching your options now – it is never too early to start!

The following sites are designed to help you with making an appropriate and successful application to University:

  • UCAS – The organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. They provide valuable advice and information on all aspects of university and course selection.
  • The Complete University Guide (Contains University League Tables) – A website that contains lots of useful information and advice. It also provides a ranking list of universities.
  • The Uni Guide – Formerly Which? University, this site is designed to help students make more informed decisions about their higher education choices. It’s free, independent and takes no advertising – and it’s brought to you by the people at Which?
  • Comparetheuni.com – This website enables you to compare universities and subjects side by side for rankings (including the Times and Guardian league tables) student satisfaction, employment rates etc.

Looking at your career options, researching how you get there and what courses you would need to do, and then looking at the entry requirements for those courses will help to inform your course choices at college. Be aware that some degree courses have entry requirements that go beyond grades and subject choices, and include elements of work experience as well.

Are you a high achieving student?

Learn about our Excellence Academy here and how we can support aspiring Oxford and Cambridge applicants here.

Russel Group Universities

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. Students at Russell Group universities have outstanding opportunities to learn, develop, and realise their full potential in their future careers.

Helpful Resources

Student Finance

  • Student Finance – The Government’s main website include a student finance calculator.
  • MoneySavingExpert – Comprehensive information from the respected journalist Martin Lewis’s website.
  • The Scholarship Hub – This new online site has over £80m worth of funding for UK undergraduates, featuring over 1,000 scholarships, grants and bursaries from over 150 Universities and organisations.

Admission and Selection Tests

Some universities and courses require students to sit an admissions test as part of the application process.

  • UCAT – The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is used in the selection process by a consortium of UK University Medical and Dental Schools. The test helps universities to make more informed choices from amongst the many highly-qualified applicants who apply for their medical and dental degree programme.
  • Cambridge Assessment Admissions Tests (includes BMAT) Information about Cambridge Assessment’s family of admissions tests. These include BMAT ELAT STEP and TSA Cambridge and TSA Oxford.
  • LNAT – The National Admissions test for Law (LNAT) helps some universities to make fairer choices by helping them to learn more about their applicants and their aptitude for studying law

Unsure What You Want To Study At University?

  • Coursefindr – A website aimed at helping you to research and shortlist university courses that match your interests. This can be a good starting point for students who know they want to go to university but who are unsure what to study.

What Can I Do With My Degree

  • Prospects – Prospects provides guidance for graduates one they have left university, and gives good suggestions about where you might go after you have finished university. Use the browse section to look at the whole range of career options.

Other Useful Websites

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