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Higher education

Higher education

What you need to know

  • Many jobs need a degree and you are likely to earn more with a higher education qualification, over a working lifetime.
  • There is lots of choice in what, where and how you study in higher education. You could live away from home and do a full time course, or you could work and study part time at home.
  • You can study a subject you love without knowing what career you want it to lead to. For many employers, it’s the fact that you’ve got a higher education qualification that counts, not what subject you’ve studied.
  • But you do need a degree in a specific subject for some professions, such as architecture, dentistry, physiotherapy and lots more.

Things to think about

  • Don’t choose higher education just because your friends are going to university or because you can’t think what else to do. You will be making a big investment in your future, so be sure that it’s right for you and compare other routes.
  • Higher education isn’t all about degrees. There might be another type of higher education course that would suit you better.
  • Higher education isn’t free, but you don’t pay fees up front and you won’t have to repay loans until you graduate and start earning a good salary. To help with living costs, you might be able to get grants and bursaries that don’t need to be repaid. Find out more about student finance.
  • Universities want students, so they will sell the benefits of their courses. Check out what students think and what they go on to do with their qualification.
  • This isn’t your only chance to get a higher education qualification. Lots of people do a course later in life, often combining it with work.

To do

  • Get to know your way around the UCAS website. It guides you through each stage of researching and applying for higher education.
  • If you’re not sure what course you want to do, do a questionnaire to help you find the courses that suit your interests.
  • Find out what options the course you choose might lead to through Prospects.
  • Attend as many higher education open days as possible, so you can compare different places and courses.