We realise Higher Education terminology can be quite confusing!
We can help you build up your dictionary of Higher Education terminology.
Ever heard of UCAS before?
UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.
UCAS is the organisation that handles nearly all university applications. The application process (including choices and personal statements) is all done online via www.ucas.com.
There’s plenty more to learn on our University Jargon Buster worksheet. Download our worksheet in the top right-hand corner to expand your Higher Education terminology!
Don’t forget to also take a look at our A – Z videos of Higher Education on our YouTube Channel
Our student ambassadors have produced some great content about all aspects of life at University. Take a look at some of the student blogs below from students at Loughborough University, University of Leicester and De Montfort University.
Whatever you want to read about, they’ll have some great material for you to get your teeth into – from study tips and insights to a unique look at their social lives, placements, study abroad experiences plus tonnes of advice written especially for future students. You will get a real insight into student life!
Don’t forget, we also have some student life videos uploaded to our Youtube channel.
You can also download the worksheet in the top right-hand corner to help create your own University student profile!
There are a variety of student accommodation options on offer to you at University. Accommodation options can vary depending upon your budget and requirements. There’s something for everyone!
Take a look at some of the accommodations options below at our partnering Universities:
University can be daunting for some and that’s where student services come in to help. Each university will have a student services department. They offer the following support to all students:
If you need any help during your time at University you should not be afraid to contact student services. They will do their best in order to help you gain the best student experience whilst at University.
Take a look at what is on offer at Loughborough University, University of Leicester and De Montfort University below:
Placements are an opportunity to gain work experience which forms part of your course at University. Sometimes they can be referred to as a ‘sandwich course’, where your studies are ‘sandwiched’ around a year-long work placement.
Placements can increase your employability and help you when you come to apply for graduate jobs at the end of your degree.
Take a look at one of our Student Ambassador’s placement experience in the top right-hand corner.
University offers lots of exciting opportunities to travel and study abroad.
Do you fancy the challenge? Find out which countries you can visit and the benefits of studying in another country!
Loughborough University: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/why-study-here/study-abroad/
University of Leicester: https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/international/overseas-exchange
De Montfort University: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/international/en/erasmusplus/study-abroad-programme.aspx
There are some amazing opportunities on offer to you at university, make sure you check them out!
Higher Education (HE for short) is the continuation of study post the age of 18.
There are lot’s of different Higher Education Institutions, including Loughborough University, University of Leicester and De Montfort University. At these institutions, there are around 50,000 courses to choose from.
There are many different reasons to participate in Higher Education, take a look at our information booklet in the top right hand corner to find out more.
The subjects that you choose to study at school and college will have a significant impact on the course options that are available to you when you apply for university.
Every university will have its own specific entry requirements – choosing the correct subject mix and playing to your academic strengths is the first step to achieving your future ambitions.
Download our information booklet in the top right-hand corner and you’ll find a whole list of things to consider for when you start making your further education subject choices.
Revision is an important part of school life and we realise that motivating yourself to revise is a tough thing to do! Therefore we have created an information booklet to provide you with some useful hints and tips to help you a long the way.
Below are a few tips to get you started:
Download our information booklet in the top right-hand corner to find out more!
Choosing higher education after you complete your post-16 qualification doesn’t just mean going to university. Higher and degree apprenticeships allow you to gain a degree-level qualification whilst earning and working in an industry of your choice.
There are a variety of higher and degree apprenticeships to choose from and a number of post-16 routes that can lead you into them.
Download our student guide in the top right-hand corner to learn all about these apprenticeships and the benefits of choosing them.
There are over 50,000 different courses available at Higher Education (HE) level at over 150 Higher Educations institutions in the UK. There are lot’s of things to consider when choosing a University to suit you. Take a look at our information booklet in the top right-hand corner to find out more.
It is important you make sure you visit any colleges or universities you are interested in. Check out their open day dates and make sure to pop these into your diary!
Before you attend an open day, create an open day checklist! This could include questions about courses, campus life, accommodation and any questions you have for current students. With this checklist you can ensure you get all your questions answered and make an informed decision on your UCAS application.
Check out our open day checklist in the top right-hand corner
When you start applying to university, it’s important to plan for tuition and living costs and to be aware of the financial support available.
This short video above gives an overview of student fees and university finance, including tuition fees, repayment information, scholarship and bursaries and how to apply for financial support.
Want to know more about financial support on offer to you at University, download our student finance guide in the top right-hand corner
Students will apply to University via the Universities and College Admissions Services (UCAS) by submitting information such as their employment history, education details, and a personal statement.
Applications open in September, at the start of Year 13. You can begin your application online via the UCAS website.
You will need to apply by mid-January for the majority of courses. Once you have heard back from all your chosen universities you will need to choose one firm (first) choice and one insurance (second) by early May.
More information regarding applying to university can be found in our information booklet in the top right-hand corner.
When applying to University you will have to submit a personal statement through UCAS. It is an opportunity to showcase to Admission Tutors your passion and enthusiasm for your chosen course and to highlight any transferrable skills that you have developed.
There is no one set formula for writing the perfect personal statement. It will require time, patience and several redrafts to ensure that it is the best representation of your capabilities.
Make sure you use a variety of examples to demonstrate what fuels your ambition, where they have acquired their skills from and how their current studies will complement their Higher Education choices.
Download our personal statements hints and tips in the top right-hand corner
You will apply for student finance funding through Student Finance England. The deadline for applications is usually at the end of May.
Most full-time and part-time students can apply online to Student Finance England.
You will need to:
It can take up to six weeks for applications to be processed. Student Finance England will do an initial assessment, so you have some money as close to the start of your course as possible.
Take a look at Student Finance Englands YouTube channel for more information