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Resources & Useful links

In this section you will find a range of information to help you on your higher education journey – whether you are in the early stages of thinking about your options, ready to apply or already studying.

Year 7 to 9

Thinking About Your Future (PDF) -Perfect for students who are choosing their GCSE options and thinking about what they might like to do in the future.

GROWS Steps to take in Years 7, 8 and 9 (PDF)

Whose Crew Are You? https://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/whose-crew-are-you  

Years 10 & 11 - Making Decisions about Further Education

What is Further Education? https://www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/school-leaver-options/college/what-is-further-education

How to Make Sense of Qualification Levels https://successatschool.org/advicedetails/896/what-are-qualifications-levels-equivalent-to 

UCAS Further Education Support https://www.ucas.com/further-education 

GROWS Steps to take in Years 10 & 11 (PDF) 

GCSEPod: A subscription service for revision podcasts - https://www.gcsepod.com/what-is-gcsepod/ 

Years 12/13 or FE Level 2 and 3 - Making Decisions about Higher Education & your future

Should I go to University? https://icould.com/stories/should-i-go-to-university/

Student Starter Guide (PDF) Our very own guide for your first year of university – including recipes, what to pack, and how to deal with homesickness.  

Why go to University? (PDF)

Key UCAS Dates https://www.ucas.com/advisers/managing-applications/application-deadlines

UCAS Tariff (PDF) - find out how your grades convert to UCAS points

UCAS Personal Statement Tips (PDF)

Unite Students: Making the Move to University (PDF)

Map Your Career with the NHS https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/ 

Preparing for a University Interview (PDF)

Apprenticeships

The Government’s guide to all apprenticeship opportunities, including how to research and apply for vacancies
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-guide-to-apprenticeships

The Which University guide to higher and degree apprenticeships
university.which.co.uk/teachers/introduce-higher-education-options/higher-and-degree-apprenticeships-guide

Find out more about Apprenticeships here  https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/  

Find an apprenticeship search engine https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

Apprenticeship Resources https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resources/ 

Choosing a University

Open Days https://www.opendays.com/ 

How to Make the Most of a University Open Day https://www.unitasterdays.com/university-tips/tip/126/how-to-make-the-most-of-a-university-open-day 

Complete University Guide https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/ 

Which? University - compare courses and universities https://university.which.co.uk/

Do League Tables Matter? How to make sure you’re choosing the right university:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/university/life/do-league-tables-matter-how-to-make-sure-youre-choosing-the-right-university?gclid=Cj0KCQjw4s7qBRCzARIsAImcAxbJ-4S507VXEyrXuuBaTd2_DGwXrCDz2PMQz1u_433FhgZiTNsICbMaArW1EALw_wcB

Finance

Quick Start Student Finance Guide https://media.slc.co.uk/sfe/quickStartFinanceGuide/index.html 

Gov.uk www.gov.uk/student-finance

The Student Room www.thestudentroom.co.uk

Repayment Calculator www.slc.co.uk/studentloanrepayment

Student Money Matters www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/

UCAS

www.ucas.com

UCAS Course Search:

Explore all your higher education options (age 18+) here: www.digital.ucas.com/search

UCAS Progress:

Explore all your post-GCSE (further education options – from age 16+) here: www.ucas.com/further-education/ucas-progress/ucas-progress-getting-started

Take this fun quiz to be given some suggested careers you might be interested in (and find out which celebrities you have a similar personality to!): https://www.ucas.com/careers/buzz-quiz 

Learners with a disability

Disabled Students' Allowance - find out more about government grants and how to apply https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas

Learners who are are care leavers or a looked after young person

Specific Information, Advice and Guidance for care leavers or looked after children thinking about higher education www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/individual-needs/ucas-undergraduate-support-care-leavers

Impartial information about provision for care leavers at all UK higher education providers -www.propel.org.uk

National Network for the Education of Care Leavers http://nnecl.org/ 

Learners who are young carers

Support and advice for carers https://carers.org/ 

Other

Sharpen up your skills with Bright Knowledge! https://www.brightknowledge.org 

Volunteering and Gap Years - https://vinspired.com/ 

Student Minds: Support for Starting University - https://www.studentminds.org.uk/startinguniversity.html 

Release Your Inner Drive - https://www.innerdrive.co.uk/resources/ 

Testimonials

“I have learned more about myself and the opportunities ahead of me"

- People Like Me Workshop

“Everyone is supportive and the staff are very friendly”

- Project Dare Workshop

“Thanks for the interesting talk. I’ll be using your positive thinking strategies in my exams.”

- Exam Prep Workshop

"NCOP have been amazing to work with and we can't thank them enough for offering this additional support for young people. This has and will most certainly support them in their ideas and choices to access further education. The support, communication and dedication from the NCOP team has been second to none and we are so grateful of what they can offer/support young people with in terms of further education."

"the NCOP programme (and especially the team I have had the privilege of working with) has been a huge advantage to our school. I am very happy with their aims and ethos and they are consistent, organised and enthusiastic in their delivery."

"I experienced first hand at least one student overcome their insecurity and was able to fully engage in an activity led by a NCOP Outreach Assistant"

"Many students who came here (a University campus) today did not see university as an option but now feel confident that this is possible."