Enabling an informed choice about Higher Education!
The Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco), part of the national Uni-Connect network, is all about making sure that learners in our region have the information they need to make an informed decision about their Higher Education options. In order to do this, learners need access to certain types of guidance and information. As they learn more about themselves and their options, they will be better placed to make decisions about their future.
Below you will find some headings that cover key topics that might inform learners. These topics are based on our progressive framework for schools and colleges – a detailed plan (including exploratory questions) for how students can be guided towards informed decisions. For more information about these please visit:
Under each topic heading, you will find some links to resources on this site and some suggestions of other national sources of information and guidance including some other Uni-connect websites from across England, providing nationally relevant resources about higher education.
1. Student Options after school/college
To make an informed decision, students need to know their options. These resources provide information about options and possible pathways that students can take after their GCSEs.
Other national resources:
2. Personal preferences and qualities
Knowing about yourself is key to making the right option choice. These resources help students to reflect on their own skills and preferences to plan for their future.
3. Study skills
Knowing how to learn is key to opening up opportunities for further education and training. These resources focus on study skills such as exam preparation and revision.
4. Extra-curricular & Super-curricular activity
Activities that are done outside of usual school work like hobbies, sports and personal development (extra-curricular); and additional subject learning that goes beyond what was covered in class (super-curricular) can help get students to where they want to be. Find out how students can boost their opportunities through extra activities.
5. Student Finance
Many prospective students worry about how to cover student fees and how they will afford the general costs of life as a student. These resources cover what sources of funding are available and how to apply for them.
6. Exploring different subjects
Many subjects available to study at University are not common in schools and the content of more familiar subjects can vary between different Universities. Finding out about courses before application is the key to making the right choice. These resources provide information about different Higher Education subjects.
- Creative subject tasters
- Subject application advice
- Different career apprenticeships
- Applying to Medicine
- How to choose a course/HE Provider
7. Work experience and Careers Guidance
It is never to early to be thinking about getting some work experience and possible career options. These resources take an employability focus and aim to provide guidance on possible career pathways.
8. CVs and apprenticeship applications
A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is often an essential part of job/apprenticeship applications. Knowing how to write an effective CV and make a great application will boost the chances of securing a fantastic opportunity!
- CV Writing and Cover letters
- Apprenticeships podcasts
- Higher & Degree Apprenticeships brochure
- General Interview Skills
9. Higher Education/University applications
The Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) handles most applications to Undergraduate courses for Universities in the UK. Knowing the process and the key components of the application will give applicants the best chance of getting onto their first choice of course. These resources are all about making a great application to secure a place in Higher Education.
- Applications unlocked
- Competitive applications e-learning
- Personal Statements
- Subject application advice
- Applying to Medicine
- Applying for Creative courses
- Applying to Drama school
- University interviews
- Guide to University applications for those in care
10. Getting ready for Higher Education/alternative paths
Getting ready for University study or planning alternative next steps will help pupils make a smooth transition from school/college to whatever comes next, even if not everything goes to plan. These resources are all about the transition into Higher Education and what University life might be like.
11. Guidance for Parents and Carers
Parents and Carers can be very influential in supporting young people with their education options. These resources are designed with Parents and Carers in mind.
- Parent and Carers HE Open Day Resource
- Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Presentation
- Parent/Carers Blog
- Parent and Carers Guides to Post-16 and Post-18 Options
- Higher Education Progression Partnership SY (Uni Connect)
- UCAS Guide for Parents and Guardians
- The UniGuide - Advice for Parents
12. Resources for educators
These resources provide videos/reflections and downloadable presentations/activities designed to support educators seeking to devise sessions that inform and facilitate learner exploration of their HE options.
- UCAS resource for educators
- Key Stage 4 Personal Development Sessions
- Improving the outcomes of boys
- Options crosswords
- Y12 competitive HE applications e-learning
- Student budgeting activity
- Outreach NorthEast Teacher CPD Page (Uni Connect)
- Southern Universities Network Teacher Resources (Uni Connect)
- UCAS Guidance for Teachers and Advisers
We hope you find these resources useful but don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need further support!