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Tools to help young people explore their options


This section is designed to help you get young people thinking and talking about their next steps after school or college, whether that's going to university, following a vocational training route, or going straight into the world of work. We've collated a range of links to useful websites and tools to give you some inspiration, as well as sharing our own resources.

Making informed decisions

The following websites can provide impartial advice about what courses are available, how to choose a university and what the options are if you don't want to go on to higher education:

  • Bestcourse4me - information about all the post-school/college options
  • Brightside - a site explaining all the different qualifications and where they can take you
  • - an online college and university open day directory
  • Push - an independent guide to choosing universities and courses
  • Russell Group - a site specifically about the top universities in the UK
  • Studential - another great resource with information about all the post-school/college options out there
  • The Student Room - a site that covers information about every aspect of student life that's written by current and prospective students
  • UCAS: Events - search for conventions and exhibitions near you
  • UCAS: Key dates - those all important deadline dates for UCAS
  • UCAS: What to study - a section on the UCAS website offering advice about researching university and course options
  • UK Course Finder - a site to help your students find courses that may interest them
  • - an interactive resource enabling students to explore a fictional campus gathering information about different parts of university life. It is aimed at Year 11 students but could easily be used with other audiences. The resource features BU graduate profiles from Viktor Petrov, Holly Bathurst and Lauren Wood
  • Unistats - facts and figures to help your students compare courses across different universities
  • Whatuni - information to give an insight into different universities and what they offer
  • Which? University - a guide covering everything from the courses and universities available to what qualifications you need to get there.

Application advice

UCAS has a range of resources to help your students get their application ready and ensure it stands out for all the right reasons:

We've also put together some pages and advice for prospective students:

We will use the new UCAS Tariff for courses starting from September 2017. UCAS have produced some guides and resources to help you understand the new Tariff and we've also put together a web page to explain our entry requirements for 2017 entry.

Student money

The financial side of university can be confusing and something that your students may be concerned about. The following sites provide useful and impartial advice:

  • Student Finance - the official government website explaining tuition fee and maintenance loans, as well as providing information about bursaries and scholarships
  • Student parents - a site to help you work out how much financial support is available if you have children.

After graduation

It's not just about helping your students understand what they could do next, but also about helping them see where they can go once they leave education. These resources offer careers advice and provide an insight into the world of work:

  • National Careers Service - a site where you can search for career options based on qualifications, skills and interests
  • Prospects - a resource covering graduate careers and jobs
  • Careersbox - a free online library of careers-related films, news and information
  • Careerpilot - information about qualifications and what career routes they open up, covering everything from age 14 up
  • icould - a selection of real stories to inspire your students and their future career aspirations
  • Plotr - guides and advice to help your students explore career options.

Your future tool

We've put together an online area called 'Your future' designed to help your students eplore the HE options and possibilities available to them. Please encourage your students to browse the web pages. There's also an accompanying printed guide to download (pdf 402kb).

Southern Universities Network (SUN)

The SUN helps schools and colleges find outreach activities across the South to engage their students in Higher Education. You can explore their resources on their website.

Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT)

HEAT is a national service used by over 50 universities across the country to track students' progression from school into Higher Education and beyond. HEAT can tell us if our programmes are successful and beneficial to the young people we work with.

Student consent HEAT leaflet 2017-18 (pdf 272kb)
Parental consent HEAT leaflet 2017-18 (pdf 264kb)

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