Choices for your child in Higher Education

Higher Education is available throughout the UK and abroad.

If you can help your son or daughter understand what really matters, they will have a better chance of picking a course they will stick at and enjoy. You could start by asking them these questions:

  • Which subject(s) do you enjoy at school or college?
  • Which subject(s) are you best at?
  • Do you have a particular career ambition – or not?
  • Is it a new subject?
  • Can you specialise in one subject or combine subjects?
  • If you are not sure what you want to you know what you don’t want to do? 


Your son or daughter should consider the course title and course content carefully – for each university or college. Each course will differ in its content – even though the course titles might be the same. The best course for your child is the one which best suits him/her.

Check that by the time s/he plans to start a course, s/he will have the required qualifications. Details of all course entry requirements are set out: in university/college prospectuses; on their websites; and on

Your son or daughter should look out for and use Entry Profiles (EP) for some courses: they can improve the match between applicant and course. They might also help with their application.

When choosing where to study, make sure your son or daughter checks the location and goes to Open Days with you. S/he will get a real feel for the university or college and courses that they are interested in. Check the teaching styles, facilities, new student induction programme, accommodation, cost of living and job opportunities in the area (both part time and full time on graduation). Talk to students and tutors.

Your son or daughter should allow TIME to research all subjects, courses, universities and entry requirements thoroughly. Useful websites include:


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