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Guide for parents and supporters

Choosing a course and university

Explore the benefits of higher education and learn how to help your student to pick the right course for them.

There’s a lot to think about when deciding what and where to study.

We recommend that a student should start their search early, around 18 months to 2 years before they want to start a course.

These key events can help to see what kinds of activities your student may be taking part in, or what to plan for:

  • March: Attend UCAS exhibitions, order prospectuses, check entry requirements and gather information.
  • June – August: Attend an open day.
  • July – August: Attend a Year 12 residential for a subject taster and experience student life.
  • September: The UCAS application process begins. It’s possible to apply for up to five courses. Finalise course choices and write a personal statement. Read this feature to find out how you can support your student to write a great personal statement.
  • October – November: More opportunities are available to visit our campus for an open day.
  • January: The initial closing date for UCAS applications is in January.

We know that sometimes we might use terms or language that you won’t have come across before. Take a look at our feature to find out what we mean.

We know you might have lots of questions to ask. We’ve put a few of the most common ones here to help you.

If you have any other specific question, get in touch. You can email us on [email protected] or call us on 01695 657000.

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