Applying to University
Many of our students plan to go to University when they leave Allerton Grange School and the staff put an awful lot of effort into helping them move on to Higher Education and realise their potential. It is vital that students spend a considerable amount of time researching their courses and universities.
Questions to consider
On choosing courses
- 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?
On 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:
www.ucas.com 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
www.opendays.com Details of all University and College open days
www.whatuni.com A comprehensive University search site
www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk Offers advice on choosing courses and league tables
www.push.co.uk An independent guide to universities
www.prospectusfinder.co.uk You can order university prospectuses through this website
www.ukcoursefinder.com Comprehensive information on universities and find courses that may be best suited to you
Universitycompare.com 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