Parents' and carers' guide

Why higher education


The post-18 options open to students are vast and deciding which is the most suitable can be a daunting task. As parents, supporting your son or daughter through this process and knowing what advice to give can be confusing. We believe that the most effective method of navigating the options is to carry out as much research as possible, ask as many questions as you can and consider any opportunity presented.

To help families with these decisions we have created this guide which discusses the key elements involved in making a university application. We hope that you find this useful and that it provides you with a platform to begin your research. In addition, we have a range of online resources (handouts and short films) available below that guide a student through the entire process. 

If you have any further questions that you would like to ask please do not hesitate to contact our team, we are always happy to help!

Introduction to Higher Education (HE)

Higher Education is an ever changing sector. Universities respond to changes within industry and society to ensure that their graduates have all of the necessary knowledge and skill set to be successful in their chosen careers.

Whether you are a parent who has some or no personal experience of university you will be a source of support for your son or daughter as they begin to research the post-18 options available to them. We also recognise that you may have some questions of your own that you want to investigate further.

We hope that you will find this guide useful and, when used in conjunction with our online application support videos and handouts, that we answer any queries or concerns that you may have.

Perhaps one of the trickiest elements of Higher Education is the terminology and acronyms associated with it. Understanding the language relating to universities can help you to interpret webpages and literature and to build up a better understanding of the processes involved to help you support your child with the decisions ahead.

Why Choose Higher Education

Deciding which option is best for you once you have completed your time at school or college can be a difficult task. We asked some of our students to tell us why university was the best route for them and why it may be for you too.

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