Applying to University

Many of our students plan to go to University when they leave Allerton Grange School. Our staff proactively support students to help them realise their potential and move on to Higher Education.

It is important for students to take their time researching courses and universities before they need to complete the UCAS application. There are lots of things to consider when applying for a place at university.

Questions to consider

Choosing a course:

  • What do I want to study?
  • Do I want a vocational course that will train me for a profession e.g. Radiography or do I want to study a subject I really enjoy e.g. Physics and specialise later on?
  • Should I study a completely new subject?
  • Can I combine subjects?
  • How do I want my course to be assessed - modular, coursework, exams?
  • Do I have the required entry grades for what I want to study?
  • Where can I study this course?

Choosing the right University:

  • Does the University offer the courses I want to study?
  • What’s its reputation like? League table ratings?
  • How competitive is it to get a place – entry requirements?
  • How much teaching support and time can it offer me?
  • What are its teaching facilities, ICT resources like?
  • How far away from home do I want to be?
  • Do I want to live in a main city or more rural location?
  • Do I want to be at a large city centre university or on a Campus?
  • What are the costs – fees, accommodation, cost of living?
  • Does it offer a range of clubs and societies?
  • What’s the social scene like?

There are over 50,000 courses available at 310 institutions so students need to do some serious research to ensure they find the right course for them.

Students should see Individual University websites and on line prospectuses but in addition the following websites are really useful: This is the official site for all UK universities and colleges offering Higher Education courses and the key one you will use to research universities and courses. You will apply online to universities via UCAS apply. This site has links to all university websites To search review and compare subjects and universities Student to student guide – what its really like at HE Details of all University and College open days A comprehensive University search site Offers advice on choosing courses and league tables An independent guide to universities You can order university prospectuses through this website Comprehensive information on universities and find courses that may be best suited to you offers over 30,000 courses from hundreds of institutes. University Compare is one of the leading Higher Education comparisons sites and was referenced by Sky News as the place to go to when deciding on a university and/or course, and the best part is, it is completely FREE! They allow students to compare their favouriteuniversities based on student reviews, THE and Guardian rankings, male to female ratio and even tuition and accomodation cost. We're devoted to helping students make better informed decision when looking at Higher Education.

Useful student finance Websites student finance

Student Finance England

NHS Bursaries