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Post 18 Pathways

The Higham Lane Sixth Form Guide To Post 18 Destinations

Useful websites

Unifrog– Unifrog brings into one place every undergraduate university course, apprenticeship, and college course in the UK, as well as other opportunities, such as School Leaver Programmes, MOOCs and every college at Oxford and Cambridge. This make it easy for students to compare and choose the best university courses, apprenticeships or further education courses for them. They can also explore exciting opportunities further afield by looking at English taught undergraduate programmes available in Europe and the USA.

Additionally, the platform helps students successfully apply for these opportunities by writing their personal statement, applications and CVs and guiding them through the process, allowing teachers to give live feedback.


Thinking about HE, apprenticeships or other pathways

UCAS – is the organisation through which you apply for most HE institutions in the UK. It tells you how to apply and provides information on courses as well as finance and support

Not going to uni – compare apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs as alternatives to university

Apprenticeships – this is the official DfE apprenticeship vacancy and information website

University and college open days – directory as well as advice about subjects, universities, a gap year, etc.

Studential - has information on FE, gap year, HE, apprenticeship, enterprise and British Army options

The Sutton Trust – organises one-week summer schools and residentials to give them a taste of university life

Apply to uni – for information on applying for uni including tuition fees, open days, A-Z of universities

The National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) is used by universities to select students for their law courses

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) – is used in the selection process by a consortium of UK university Medical and Dental Schools

Unipod - Oxford Brookes University’s guide to choosing a university, choosing the right course, organising  finance, writing your personal statement, etc. Also look at  Jobpod for graduate job ideas

The Student Room – has advice on applying for universities and courses including a personal statement builder and ‘University Connect’ (recent examples of offers made)

Whatuni? – helps students find universities and courses in the UK. It has an A-Z of universities. ‘What can I do?’ provides ideas for degree subjects to study based on the A levels you are taking.

Which? University - help with finding the best UK university and degree course for you

Best course 4 me – for ideas about where and what to study

The Complete University guide – has information about university rankings, where and what to study, how to apply, student finance, student life, graduate careers, distance learning and studying abroad

Push – read ‘Why bother with uni?’ as well as info about UK universities, student life, gap years, open days and student finance

People and Planet – annual rankings of UK universities by environmental and ethical performance

The Open University – offer degrees through distance learning

UKCourseFinder – from the Morrisby Organisation helps you to find a degree course based on your interests

People and Planet – annual rankings of UK universities by environmental and ethical performance

The QAA – read their reports on the quality and standard of HE providers

The University Guide – from The Guardian has information on courses and university rankings


Taking a Gap Year

The Year Out Group – includes over 30 gap year organisations that provide opportunities at home and abroad

Travel companies that offer a booking service covering travel, volunteering and work experience abroad include (owned by Flight Centre UK Ltd) and Real Gap (owned by TUI Travel plc).


Studying abroad

A Star Future – has information on studying in Europe and further afield

Studyportals – is a Dutch company providing a range of information on undergraduate degrees taught in Europe and further afield

Fulbright Commission – has information on studying in USA


Student finance

Student Finance England – to sign up to Student Finance online

The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) – promotes and safeguards fair access to higher education. See their website for student FAQs and info about bursaries and university access agreements

Gov.UK – for information about student finance and loans


Student life and housing

Student Beans provides students with offers, discounts, entertainment features, advice and money saving opportunities


Graduate and postgraduate

Prospects – The UK's official graduate careers site