Higher Education

The following sites are designed to help you with making an appropriate and successful application to University. Don’t forget that all graduates will seek employment in the future and therefore make sure you also visit the pages on employment.


Searching for University courses. This section of the UCAS website allows you to find which universities offer which   courses. You can search via an A-Z list or by typing in your chosen course. A further link to entry profiles will tell you the grades you will need for your chosen course.


The following are 5 key websites to help you with your university research and selection. You are strongly advised to use these websites.

  1. UCAS are the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.They provide valuable advice and information on all aspects of university and course selection.
  2. Key Information Sets  – The Key Information Set, or KIS, comprises the items of information which students have said they find most useful when making choices about which course to study. Some of the items are measures of student satisfaction from the National Student Survey (NSS), which is completed by more than 220,000 mainly final year students in the UK each year. Some of the items are from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) which surveys students who gained a qualification from a university or college, six months after they left. The DLHE survey asks whether they are employed, studying, both or, neither. In the KIS these results are combined with the results of a similar survey, the Long DLHE, which surveys a sample of those who responded to the DLHE, 40 months after they left university or college. The KIS also contains some information provided by universities and colleges.
  3. The Complete University Guide. (Contains University League Tables) A website that contains lots of useful information and advice. It also provides a ranking list of universities. As with all educational league tables please use with a fair degree of cynicism and make sure you know how the tables are compiled.
  4. Which university a website designed to help students make more informed decisions about their higher education choices. It’s free, independent and takes no advertising – and it’s brought to you by the people at Which?
  5. Comparetheuni.com This website enables you to compare universities and subjects side by side for rankings(including the Times and Guardian league tables) student satisfaction, employment rates etc

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Student Finance

Student Finance. Comprehensive information from the respected journalist Martin Lewis’s MoneySavingExpert website.

The Scholarship Hub This new online site has over £80m worth of funding for UK undergraduates, featuring over 1,000 scholarships, grants and bursaries from over 150 Universities and organisations. UK students can now search for scholarships, grants or bursaries, worth in total around £80 million, at www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk, which promotes itself as the first comprehensive database of funding available solely for UK university students and undergraduates wishing to study at universities in the UK.

  •    The Government’smain website on student finance including a student finance calculator

Every year a number of conferences are held on different careers. Although they can be expensive they can be valuable for students considering a career in Medicine, Vet science or Physiotherapy. However, it is vital to realise that it is not essential to attend these courses. Visit www.workshop-uk.net for further information.

Admission and Selection tests

UKCAT–  The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is used in the selection process by a consortium of UK university Medical and Dental Schools.The test helps universities to make more informed choices from amongst the many highly-qualified applicants who apply for their medical and dental degree programmes

Cambridge Assessment Admissions Tests (includes BMAT)Information about Cambridge Assessment’s family of admissions tests. These include BMAT ELAT STEP and TSA Cambridge and TSA Oxford.

LNAT The National Admissions test for Law (LNAT) helps some universities to make fairer choices by helping them to learn more about their applicants and their aptitude for studying law

Other useful websites

  • Graduate Vacancies in Yorkshire

Pure Potential Advice on applying to competitive universities

    • Push guide another alternative guide to Higher Education
    • Site to search for University websitesAn A-Z of Universities and Colleges with links to their web-sites.
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    • Student RoomThe Student Room is where A Level and university students share academic and social knowledge: from study help, to choosing a university, careers and student life. The forums are useful for finding out information on university interviews. However please remember posters often claim facts that may not be true but based on their own subjective views.

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Local university Sites

Quick link to all local University websites.

Unsure what you want to study at university?

  • Course FinderA website that enables you to complete an Interactive Questionnaire. It will then suggest university courses that match your interests. This can be a good starting point for students who know they want to go to university but who are unsure what to study