Choosing HE

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One of the obvious reasons students choose to study within Higher Education is to increase their earning potential. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), an average university graduate earns £10k more a year than an average non-graduate. According to the Prospects report in 2017, the number of graduates entering employment six months after leaving university was at a record high.

Students who choose Higher Education maximise their employability – they’ll develop the transferable skills employers highly value, such as communication, presentation, time management and many more. It is also an opportunity to make lifelong friendships, have unique experiences, and create unforgettable memories.

When it comes to Higher Education, the range of courses and institutions to choose from is vast. Three ways you might concentrate your search are detailed below.

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Your immediate research could focus on choosing the right degree programme – one that will satisfy your academic curiosity and lead into your desired profession.


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Open Days

Visiting a Higher Education provider during an Open Day will allow you to assess first-hand the facilities on offer. You should make sure it has everything you need need to maximise your learning potential, and that any equipment or software is industry standard, so that you graduate with the most relevant skills.

It is important that Higher Education is viewed as a complete package. You should review all elements of what is on offer to enhance both your academic and social experience and factor these into their decision-making process. This might include considering the accommodation, Students’ Union activities, sports clubs and local environment.

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HE Fairs and UCAS Conventions

During Year 12, you may have an opportunity to attend events to meet with staff from Higher Education providers and ask them questions about their institution. These may be local events organised by schools or colleges, or large, national exhibitions hosted by UCAS. These events are a great way to begin your research and start to ask lots of questions. It is also an opportunity to gather literature, such as prospectuses, for future reference.

Higher Education in Numbers


Graduates in employment and/or further study*


is the average graduate salary*

Over 395

HE providers


courses to choose from

*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education in the United Kingdom for the academic year 2015/16, Statistical First Release, based on data collected 6 months after the completion of study


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