Careers resource: The Getting Into Uni Guide
The Getting into Uni guide is a practical resource for students and teachers packed with straightforward, impartial advice covering everything students need to know when applying for uni.
Entry requirements can consist of:
- Exam grades, for example, A-levels or equivalent.
- Whether they're suited to the course, this can be outlined this through their personal statement
- Admissions tests - not always applicable. This usually depends on the course.
- Interviews - students may be asked to interview to determine their suitability
- Extra requirements can sometimes be health, financial and DBS checks.
What else does the guide cover?
- A month-by-month calendar for Year 12 and Year 13 students of what to do and when.
- Information on how to research courses and universities.
- Guidance on how the Ucas application process works - including advice on writing your personal statement.
- Simplifying student finance for students.
- Tips for revision, exams and results day.
- Advice on finding accommodation and what to pack for university.
- Freshers' week survival guide.
How to use this guide in school
Take your Year 12 and Year 13 students through this handy guide in tutor time, designated PSHE sessions or with a group teaching session.
Pick one of the following key questions to discuss as a class or with individual students.
Key questions with short answers:
- What subject shall I choose? There are more than 30,000 degree courses on offer, covering everything from accounting to zoology. Students can learn more by reading the guide and visiting the Which uni A-level explorer tool and course search.
- What's my study style? Degrees come in many shapes: full or part-time, sandwich placement or year abroad, live at home or away.
- Can I afford uni? Yes, you should be able to, but may need to take out student loans. Fees are up to £9,250 a year in England while Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish students pay less. Loans are repayable only after graduation. You’ll need to budget for living costs, too.
- What else can I gain? Think about what uni could offer in terms of extra-curricular activities, work experience, societies, sports and meeting new people.
- What careers are open to me after uni? 89% of graduates are in employment or further study after six months. According to job search engine Adzuna, university graduates can earn an average of £500,000 more in a lifetime.