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Useful sources of information on applying for Higher Education Courses
Last Updated: Apr 28, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Key Websites

  • UCAS Parents and Guardian webpage
    The parents pages
  • PUSH
    This guide aims to tell students the unvarnished truth about university. Students should get a password once they have registered with UCAS. There's quite a bit of information that can be freely seen.

Deadlines for Applying


Collyer's Progression Leaflet


To Apply or not to Apply

To Apply or Not to Apply

Before students make up their mind to apply to university at this stage it is worth asking some questions.

There are many benefits of going to university, but it is not right for everyone and it may not be right for you at this time. After all you can go to university or study for a degree at any stage in your life, so delaying it need not be a final decision. Take a look at this website to look at alternative pathways for success. Notgoing to uni.

Why choose to go?

Certain careers require a degree and you will get nowhere without one e.g. the professions - medicine; teaching etc.

Many careers expect a degree if you are going to get anywhere e.g. finance; management; IT; media etc.

On average graduates earn 30% more than non graduates after 10 years. So it does take time to offset the costs and debt against the benefit.

If you have enjoyed your time at Collyer's meeting new people & studying for your A Levels then you are more likely to enjoy university life for the following reasons:

  • More academic fulfilment
  • Many more new people to meet
  • Wider interests such as societies, sporting opportunities
  • Learning to be away from home but in a reasonably safe environment

Why choose not to go?

You may not have decided what you want to do & you may need a year or two to make that decision. Getting some work experience  (look at the Year in Industry website) or going on a gap year may give you that time. Delaying can also give you time to build up some money to offset the debt.

Over 8% of university students drop out without gaining a degree for one reason or another, so you need to be sure it's the right choice for you. If you are one of those who drop out, you could have a large debt with nothing to show for it. Really think about your reasons for going and your choice of course, before making the commitment.

There may be other opportunities that will get you where you want to be without a degree e.g. vocational careers e.g. police; apprenticeships; company training schemes. Some of these options could lead companies sponsoring you to do a degree at some stage. This means you can earn and learn at the same time, without building up too much debt. If this is a route that interests you, you can ask for a careers interview.

Research you need to do

  • What career are you interested in? Use Pathfinder to help you.
  • What is the best way of getting there - university; apprenticeship; work-based learning, other..?
  • What is the salary likely to be for that career & is the cost of university going to make it worthwhile. Look at Jobs4U; Prospects; job adverts; job websites to gain an impression of salaries.
  • If you choose university - what course, where, & what the graduate prospects are for that course at that institution - look at Course Discover; Push; Prospects 


What is Higher Education?


Collyers Higher Education Evening

Higher Education Evenings

April 2017

Here are abbreviated versions of the presentations given during the evenings


Education News

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