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Guide for parents and supporters

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 two years before they want to start a course.

Key dates

The following guidance can help you to see what kinds of activities your student might get involved with as part of their journey to university.

Prospective students receiving a tour walking around one of the many lakes

March: Attend UCAS exhibitions, order prospectuses, check entry requirements and gather information.

June – August: Attend an open day and get a glimpse of campus 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. Find our top tips on how your student can 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.

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