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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.

To get into university students will need to fulfil the entry requirements specified by the institution they are applying for. These can vary across universities and colleges.

Entry requirements can consist of:
  • exam grades eg A-levels or equivalent
  • whether they're suited to the course, this can be outlined this through their personal statement
  • admissions tests (though this usually depends on the course)
  • interviews - students may be asked to interview to determine their suitability
  • extra requirements eg 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.

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