High Education and Student Finance
Deciding what to do after college can be a particularly tough decision to make. Here’s a guide to finding your way.
Why go to University?
Many pupils worry about the cost of university or being away from home!
But here are five reasons why UCAS says university is a good choice:
- Increase your knowledge - study what you love, you're interested in and with the top experts in their fields
- Gain a qualification that's international recognised - UK higher education qualifications are recognised and respected worldwide
- Increase you earning potential - having a degree makes you more attractive to employers, you'll have a greater choice of jobs and you'll earn more.
- Experience student life - University is demanding but its also fun. Whatever your interests, there are a huge range of clubs, societies and diverse social life on offer.
- Develop the essential skills you'll need in your career and working life - communication, organisation, time management, team work, leadership and problem solving.
How much does university cost?
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Student finance is not as scary as it might first seem. You will not pay any money back until you have graduated and you are earning a good amount of money. Even then, it is a small amount over a long period of time.
If you don’t go to university, there are other available pathways for you to consider.
Some options include:
- Higher Apprenticeships
- Degree Apprenticeships
- Job – there are lots of opportunities and trainee positions for school leavers. Some people choose to work first and then consider university or apprenticeships to get a better idea of what they really want; others find their feet at work and never look back.
- Refer to Notgoingtouni for advice about different routes and vacancy details.
- Taking a Gap Year – some pupils take a gap year to go travelling or gain work experience before going to university or taking another career pathway.