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How do I help my students choose a university and course?

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How do I help my students choose a university and course?

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This strand provides support for teachers and advisers who are guiding students through the decision-making process ahead of their university application.

Resources in this strand suggest ways of approaching this process, the information sources available and how to critically analyse them.

It gives specific information about leading universities, in particular Russell Group universities, to encourage a greater understanding of the benefits they offer to students with the talent, potential and ability to attend.

Useful links:

CUG publishes university league tables online, alongside a wide range of information on topics including universities, courses, preparing for university and careers. 

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Health Education England has produced a toolkit for schools, colleges and further education institutions as part of its widening participation programme. This explains how the NHS works, provides information and practical tips for setting up a placement and gives examples of good practice.

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The Guardian publishes complete university league tables for every subject, with information on how to use the tables.

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Informed Choices is produced by the Russell Group. It includes advice from admissions professionals on the best subject combinations for a wide range of university courses, as well as the best choices for students who want to keep their options open.

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UCAS has a useful search tool for open days and provides links to university multimedia resources such as virtual tours.

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Prospects offers useful information on career pathways, including job profiles detailing typical salaries and the qualifications and skills required by role type. There is a section on careers relevant to different degrees and a career planner and quiz.

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The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities that are committed to conducting the very best research and to providing an outstanding teaching and learning experience. These universities also offer unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

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The Sutton Trust is a 'do tank' that conducts research and advocates policy change. It also manages, develops and evaluates programmes to address educational inequality, including summer schools for teachers, pathways to STEM and university access programmes.  

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The Times and Sunday Times publish a university league table online and a range of advice for students on, for example, how to get the most out of an open day.

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Total Professions gives guidance for careers advisers working with school, college and university students considering a career in the professions. The site aims to provide a unique portal that will link careers advisers with professional bodies.

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This is an important part of the UCAS website that lists the key dates of the admissions cycle.

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This is the offical website for comparing UK higher education course data. It includes key information from official sources, including details of student satisfaction scores and specific information on graduate jobs and salaries.

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