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.
Introduction to Higher Education
Higher Education can seem like a daunting prospect, especially to those students who might be the first in their family to go to University.
The terminology used alone can be intimidating and may alienate some students from fully engaging with the opportunity.
As advisors our role is to breakdown perceived barriers, increase understanding, dispel popular myths and highlight all of the benefits.
We have found that many students find it beneficial to gain insight as to how learning within a university environment differs to what they are used to within school/college. Understanding the degree structures and programmes, being made aware that they can select their own modules and/or areas of research and that work is predominately driven by them is a good place to start.
Prospective students need to understand that teaching and assessment methods vary to reflect industry requirements. They are designed to build on key transferable skills that will appeal to employers and allow students to gain valuable experience where they can develop their employability skills.
Understanding Student Finance
For some students concerns centre around the costs associated with Higher Education and finishing their studies with significant debt.
Reassurance that there are funding packages available for all to support them throughout their studies, that the repayments are kept very low and manageable and that crucially they are linked to their salary and not the amount owed can help alleviate these concerns.
If a student would like a more accurate picture of their potential student funding package they can utilise the GOV.UK student finance calculator. Alternatively, visit our Fees and Funding resource section for an overview of the financial support available.
Above all, highlighting all of the incredible opportunities university can offer will help to generate excitement and enthusiasm. Being able to move away from home (both domestically and abroad!), meeting hundreds of new people, exploring a subject area in depth, gaining independence and enhancing employability are to name just a few.