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Post 18 Pathways

The Higham Lane Sixth Form Guide To Post 18 Destinations

Useful websites

Thinking about HE, apprenticeships or other pathways

UCAS – is the organisation through which you apply for most HE institutions in the UK. It tells you how to apply and provides information on courses as well as finance and support

Not going to uni – compare apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs as alternatives to university

Apprenticeships – this is the official DfE apprenticeship vacancy and information website

University and college open days – directory as well as advice about subjects, universities, a gap year, etc.

Studential - has information on FE, gap year, HE, apprenticeship, enterprise and British Army options

The Sutton Trust – organises one-week summer schools and residentials to give them a taste of university life

Apply to uni – for information on applying for uni including tuition fees, open days, A-Z of universities

The National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) is used by universities to select students for their law courses

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) – is used in the selection process by a consortium of UK university Medical and Dental Schools

Unipod - Oxford Brookes University’s guide to choosing a university, choosing the right course, organising  finance, writing your personal statement, etc. Also look at  Jobpod for graduate job ideas

The Student Room – has advice on applying for universities and courses including a personal statement

builder and ‘University Connect’ (recent examples of offers made)

Whatuni? – helps students find universities and courses in the UK. It has an A-Z of universities. ‘What can I

do?’ provides ideas for degree subjects to study based on the A levels you are taking.

Which? University - help with finding the best UK university and degree course for you

Best course 4 me – for ideas about where and what to study

The Complete University guide – has information about university rankings, where and what to study, how to apply, student finance, student life, graduate careers, distance learning and studying abroad

Push – read ‘Why bother with uni?’ as well as info about UK universities, student life, gap years, open days and student finance

People and Planet – annual rankings of UK universities by environmental and ethical performance

The Open University – offer degrees through distance learning

UKCourseFinder – from the Morrisby Organisation helps you to find a degree course based on your interests

People and Planet – annual rankings of UK universities by environmental and ethical performance

Unistats – is the official website for comparing UK universities, e.g. course data, student satisfaction scores, jobs and salaries after graduation

The QAA – read their reports on the quality and standard of HE providers

The University Guide – from The Guardian has information on courses and university rankings

The Good Universities Guide – print and online directory of universities and colleges

 

Taking a Gap Year

Gap-year.com – offers an online and printed directory of gap year organisations and opportunities

The Year Out Group – includes over 30 gap year organisations that provide opportunities at home and abroad

Travel companies that offer a booking service covering travel, volunteering and work experience abroad include Gapyear.com (owned by Flight Centre UK Ltd),  Real Gap (owned by TUI Travel plc) and  STA Travel

 

Studying abroad

A Star Future – has information on studying in Europe and further afield

Studyportals – is a Dutch company providing a range of information on undergraduate degrees taught in

Europe and further afield

Fulbright Commission – has information on studying in USA

Future Unlimited – is the official Australian website for international students

 

Student finance

Student Finance England – to sign up to Student Finance online

The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) – promotes and safeguards fair access to higher education. See their website for student FAQs and info about bursaries and university access agreements

The Student Calculator – from Brightside helps you to work out how much money you will have at university and how much you will need

Gov.UK – for information about student finance and loans

 

Student life and housing

Student Beans provides students with offers, discounts, entertainment features, advice and money saving opportunities

 

Graduate and postgraduate

Prospects – The UK's official graduate careers site