Higher Education

Choosing to go to university or college can be a challenging yet rewarding experience. The results and qualifications you get over the next couple of years will help you get onto your preferred course.
You may already have a higher education course or career path in mind, but if not, there are plenty of resources available to help you make the right decision.

One way you help you make a decision is to take the Stamford Test. This is a short questionnaire which can help to match your interests and abilities to possible higher education subjects. Many students find this extremely helpful when trying to make up their minds.

Take the Stamford Test

Benefits of Higher Education

There are many benefits to higher education – it is a must for some professions like medicine and law. You’ll also pick up important transferable skills that will help you in your chosen career and social life.

Although everyone’s experiences are different, in general a higher education course:

• Can provide you with some life changing experiences

• Is generally above the standard of A Levels or National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 3

• Can include Higher National Diplomas, Foundation Degrees, ordinary and honours degree courses and postgraduate courses

• May be necessary for your chosen career path, or give you a head start when trying to get a foothold in your chosen career

• May involve travelling, long distance learning (i.e. you learn at home) or moving to a different city.

Find out more…


Visit the UCAS website. You or your parents can also contact a university or college and ask to speak to an admissions tutor.


YouGoFurther. A site by UCAS that features a forum for current and prospective university and college students, find out about life in Higher Education and speak to universities on their profile pages.


Visit Prospects, a useful graduate information site. Much of the information may be of interest to someone considering higher education. The site will help you find out:

• Options with your subject

• How much could you earn?

• What do graduates do? – Extensive info on the graduate labour market, both general and by degree subject

• Interactive services, e.g. career ideas generator, email a careers consultant, CV help, search for jobs, webchat (you have to register and pay fee for some of these)

Aim Higher

Visit Aim Higher for info on:

• Why university?

• What to study and where

• Managing your money

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