Going to university
If you are considering going to university, think carefully about what you would like to study. Going to university could mean studying any of the following:
- a three or four year full-time degree
- a two year fast track degree
- a foundation degree
- a degree part-time
- studying through the Open University
- studying abroad
Although you don’t need to decide on your career yet, an idea of what you would like to do in the future will help. You will also need to think about where you would like to live – near or away from home, in halls of residence or in a shared house. Spend time researching universities using their websites and prospectus, and go to their open days and taster days which are a great opportunity to experience the course and student life.
Applying to go to university
UCAS processes applications for full-time degrees, foundation degrees, Dip HE and HNC/D courses at UK universities and colleges. You should check the application deadline for your course as each varies and could be in either October, January or March.
Each course has its own entry requirements and you will need to meet this to enter on to the course. UCAS uses a tariff points system which helps to compare between the different types of qualifications. There is no limit on the number of points you can accumulate, but you cannot count the same or similar qualifications twice – for example, if you have an AS and an A Level in the same subject, you can only count the points from your A Level.
Financial support at university
If you are going to university, you can apply for financial support through the Student Finance England service. You could get support for:
tuition fees and a tuition fee loan
a grant or loan to help with living costs.
extra help, depending on your circumstances
Student loans have to be paid back, but you don’t have to make repayments until you have left your course and you are earning over a certain amount. For more information, go to www.ucas.com or www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance
Universities in Hampshire
Sparsholt College - offers Foundation Degree and BSc Degree courses
To find out more about universities across the UK, go to the UCAS website.