The majority of New College students progress to higher education, and a third progress to a Russell Group university. If you are considering university as an option you may want to start researching your options now – it is never too early to start!
The following sites are designed to help you with making an appropriate and successful application to University:
UCAS – 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.
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.
Which? University – 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?
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.
Looking at your career options, researching how you get there and what courses you would need to do, and then looking at the entry requirements for those courses will help to inform your course choices at college. Be aware that some degree courses have entry requirements that go beyond grades and subject choices, and include elements of work experience as well.
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What is a Russell Group University?
The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. Students at Russell Group universities have outstanding opportunities to learn, develop, and realise their full potential in their future careers.
Download a copy of the Russell Group’s main publication Informed Choices on selecting post-16 choices here.
For a full list of Russell Group Universities click here.
The Government’s main website on student finance including a student finance calculator
MoneySavingExpert – Comprehensive information from the respected journalist Martin Lewis’s 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.
Admission and Selection tests
Some universities and courses require students to sit an admissions test as part of the application process.
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
A-Z of Universities and Colleges with links to their web-sites.
Pure Potential Advice on applying to competitive universities
Push Guide another alternative guide to Higher Education
Fulbright Commission Advice on study in USA
Student Room – The 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.
What can I do with my degree?
Prospects – Prospects provides guidance for graduates one they have left university, and gives good suggestions about where you might go after you have finished university. Use the browse section to look at the whole range of career options.
Local University Sites
Quick link to all local University websites:
Unsure what you want to study at university?
Coursefindr – A website aimed at helping you to research and shortlist 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.