If your student is thinking about applying to university, it’s understandable that you will want to play an active role in the process and provide suggestions, help and advice.
Explore the benefits of studying at Edge Hill University, the useful steps that they can take to decide where and what to study and how to apply, once they’ve made up their mind.
How to apply
You should encourage them to apply as early as possible to avoid the stress of rushing a last-minute application to beat the initial deadline of 26 January.
Applications for full-time degrees are made online at www.ucas.com/apply. They can apply for up to five courses.Apply now
The part of the application which they may find hardest to get right is the Personal Statement, where they will explain why they want to study their subject and outline why they would make a great student. A good Personal Statement will add considerable strength to an application so it’s important for them to spend sufficient time to ensure it does them justice and really sells them as a prospective student to admissions tutors.
Once an application has been submitted, they can follow its progress using UCAS Track. Each of their course choices will receive one of the following responses:
- Unconditional offer – your student has a place, if they choose to accept it, which is not dependent on certain grades being achieved;
- Conditional offer – your student has a place, if they choose to accept it, providing they achieve the grades stipulated in the offer when their results are published;
- Unsuccessful – your student has not been offered a place.
Prior to being made an offer, they may be invited for interview or, for some Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre courses, be asked to attend an audition.
If they are made an unconditional or conditional offer by Edge Hill University without the need for an interview or audition, they can expect to be invited to an offer holder day.
Parents, guardians and supporters are also welcome to attend these events which include a subject taster session, as well as the chance to view departmental facilities, talk face-to-face with tutors and tour the campus with a student guide.
Why choose Edge Hill University?
There are plenty of reasons for your student to study at Edge Hill University. Most recently we were crowned Modern University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
This prestigious award highlights our outstanding facilities, the quality of our teaching, with courses designed to meet employer’s needs in a competitive jobs market, and our continuous investment in the student experience.
Edge Hill University has invested £350m in creating top facilities. For our exceptional progress made in innovation and dedication to placing students at the heart of everything we do, we have ranked in the UK’s Top 35 Universities (Guardian University Guide 2024).
Edge Hill has an excellent reputation for teaching in the classroom, ranked top in the North West for Lecturers and Teaching Quality. In 2018 we also received international acclaim winning the Global Teaching Excellence spotlight award, recognising our ‘quality of support and engagement infrastructure for students’.
Located in the heart of the North West of England boasting excellent transport links, our stunning campus combines state-of-the-art facilities with beautifully landscaped grounds, historic architecture, two lakes and even a beach. This creates an innovative and inspiring learning environment. It’s therefore no surprise that the campus has been voted in the UK top three for university facilities (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023) and is recognised as one of the world’s best green spaces for 12 years running (Green Flag Award 2023).
From our TV studio to fully operational theatres, our sports therapy and rehab clinics to our Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre, we provide our students with the very best realistic working environments in which to enhance and develop their skills. Our outstanding facilities have been voted 3rd in the UK for university facilities (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023).
Partnerships with schools, colleges and businesses enable students to gain vital experience working on placement in a professional environment, alongside field trips, graduate enterprise, language study, and sandwich year or year abroad options. Many of our degrees offer accreditation or exemptions towards professional awards. There are extensive additional opportunities for them to volunteer, find a part-time job and secure summer work to enhance their CV. Our award-winning Careers team can also provide expert assistance and advice in securing graduate employment. 95.6% of our students are employed or in further study 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes data released 2023).
The University has been recognised as having the Best Student Support in the North West and Top 10 in the UK (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020). Whether they have an accommodation query, need money advice, want a confidential one-to-one with a qualified counsellor, or wish to make use of our multi-faith chaplaincy or health and wellbeing service, our comprehensive student support means help and advice will always be available. Dedicated assistance for students with a disability or dyslexia includes support tailored to individual learning requirements and personal needs, as well as the use of assistive technology.
We will ensure that they graduate fully prepared for the world of work, equipped with the skills, knowledge and practical experience to excel in their chosen career and achieve their full potential.
For all these reasons and more, you can see why our students rated us top three in the North West for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021).
To browse the choice of subjects and courses available, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/study.
Making the right choice of course and university
With so many degrees to choose from, at hundreds of universities and colleges, it can be difficult to narrow down the selection. Some of the key questions for them to consider when identifying a suitable course include:
- What subjects do they enjoy or have a particular interest in?
- Is there a specific career they have in mind?
- Do they want to study at a campus or city-based university?
- Do they want to stay near home or move a little further away?
- How will the course be structured – for example, are there optional module choices or are all modules compulsory?
- How is the course assessed?
- Does the course carry accreditation with a professional body (if applicable)?
Prospective students should also pay close attention to the entry requirements for each programme under consideration. These are usually expressed in terms of UCAS Tariff Points which correspond with A Levels, BTEC awards, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and other recognised qualifications.
Some courses may request grades in specific subjects. Additional criteria may also apply, such as GCSEs, or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure.