How can I support my student?
Choosing a university and a course are major decisions for any young person hoping to enter higher education. We understand that as a parent, guardian or carer you will play an integral role in supporting and guiding your student to ensure they make the choices that are right for them.
The information in this section will enable you to take an active role in this process, allowing you to assist your student through these potentially life-changing decisions.
The 'applying to university' pages offer advice on choosing a university and a course that is right for your student and explains how the application process works. The ‘starting university’ pages provide invaluable information on the transition from applicant to university student and how you can support your student through this process.
What is higher education?
Higher education (HE) is the level of study beyond further education (FE) and usually takes place at the age of 18 or over in universities and higher education colleges.
HE generally refers to degrees but also covers qualifications such as the Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/HND), Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE), Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) and Foundation Degrees (FdA/FdSc).
Many of these courses offer the opportunity to study full-time or part-time.
Full-time study allows courses to be completed in a shorter period of time, whereas part-time courses give students longer to complete their courses and can be helpful for those who are also juggling other commitments, such as work or family.