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Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Researching Higher Education

Getting started

UCAS is still the best place to start searching for UK higher education opportunities.  UCAS have also recently launched an apprenticeship service as well.  You will also submit applications through the UCAS website.

The UK Government website can offer advice on universities, student life, student finance and more.  Type "university" or "higher education" in the search box.

Hotcourses provides information on university courses, finance and a helpful earnings predictor tool for some careers.

Which University was designed to help students make well-informed decisions by including information from students, careers advisers and other experts, as well as the universities themselves.

BestCourse4Me is a website which aims to allow UK students to make more informed choices about university courses.

Prospects will be able to give you suggestions about the type of careers that graduates of specific subjects go into.

If you're stuck, Coursefinder includes a a free online 15 minute questionnaire leading to course and subject suggestions.  Centigrade offer a more detailed analysis, but there is a charge.


University and Student Life

Push has a very "studenty" feel to it and markets itself as the "independent" guide to student life.

RealUni allows current students to review their courses and universities, so that prospective students can read their peers' opinions.

Once you've got some ideas about which universiies you're interested in, University Finder enables you to search for videos, student comments and performance information on your chosen shortlist.


League Tables

Universities are rated against a range of criteria, including entry qualifications, results, destinations, facilities and student experience.

The QAA monitors standards in higher education so its reports can be slightly dry but will also be accurate and objective.

Broadsheet newspapers regularly update their higher education sections, especially The Guardian as it is still subscription-free.

Search, review and compare subjects at UK universities and colleges. Unistats is the official website to help you make an informed choice when deciding which UK university or college to apply to. It includes the results of the latest National Student Survey.

Also worth looking at is the Complete University Guide for an overview of league tables, applications and graduate prospects


University Adminssions

Some courses / universities require students to sit specific tests.

Law - The LNAT site includes information and practice materials.

Medicine - Almost all UK universities request either the BMAT or UKCAT tests.

Oxford and Cambridge Universities will often ask for applicants to sit their own tests as a part of the selection process.