I would like to support my child through the University application process

For some parents or guardians, the University process can feel scary and an unknown, even for parents or guardians who have been through the process before, it can also be an unknown as things change and develop. You child will receive support through the College throughout the application process, but in the meantime, there are a number of useful sources of information for you to access.

UCAS, the organisation your child will apply through, put together a free to download guide for parents and guardians. It can be accessed here https://www.ucas.com/file/185091/download?token=4Pf51fWt

I would like an overview of all parts of the University application process

www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk – The Complete University Guide
This is an excellent website for general information in all areas of the University application process. You can find out about open days, search for courses and find out about fee or careers.

The UCAS page on the Push website will give you a good overview of the process, but it also has lots of good tips and advice about student finance, picking accommodation and budgeting.

I would like to know to complete my application form


This guide will show you step-by-step how to fill in your application form.

The WhatUni website contains lots of useful information for all aspects of the University application process. On their main page you will find a course search tool which will show you all the courses in the country who offer your course. It will also show you employment rates, drop out rates and entry requirements for each course.

I'd like to know the basics

I would like to search for courses

This an excellent starting point to search for courses across the UK. It will allow you to search for courses you might be aware of and courses you didn’t know you existed. It will allow you to research entry requirements and universities who offer the course you are interested in.


I would like to know how to write a personal statement

https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/how-write-ucas-undergraduate-personal-statement - UCAS - Personal Statement
UCAS have some excellent writing frames, advice and videos which should take the uncertainty and ‘scary’ side of writing your personal statement.

https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/universities/applying-to-university-and-ucas-deadlines/top-tips-for-writing-the-perfect-personal-statement - The Complete University Guide

The Complete University Guide’s Person Statement page gives some great top tips about writing a great personal statement. After visiting the UCAS page, this would be a useful page to read over.

I would like to search for open days and taster days


Unitasterdays.com is a great site to search for taster days and open days. You can book through the website and search for upcoming events.


Opendays.com is a excellent site to search for all upcoming open days so you can plan your trips in advance see what’s happening soon.


I would like to know how the Student Finance system works


This website gives excellent information about the main loan students receive – the Maintenance Loan. It explains how to apply, how much you might be entitled to and how it is repaid.

https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/student-life/getting-student-support/undergraduate-student-finance-and-support -- UCAS Student Finance

For a general overview of the Student Finance System, UCAS have some really information videos and information.