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We recognise that your role is crucial in supporting your child to access Further and Higher Education.

Your child’s future is closer than you think. Here at HOP it’s our job to make sure your children have access to the right experience, knowledge and opportunities to help them make the right decisions for their futures.

Not only that, but we’re here to help you understand what further and higher education means for your child, and the benefits of encouraging them to keep studying further and higher.

10 frequently asked questions:

1 How can HOP help you to support your child?

Your child’s future is closer than you think. Here at HOP it’s our job to make sure your children have access to the right experience, knowledge and opportunities to help them make the right decisions for their futures.

Not only that, but we’re here to help you understand what further and higher education means for your child, and the benefits of encouraging them to keep studying further and higher.

2 What is higher education?

Higher education involves learning at a more advanced level and it requires a lot more independent study. There are multiple different ways to study at a varied variety of universities and colleges. Check out these stories on student’s experience going to university or college. https://discoveruni.gov.uk/is-uni-for-me/student-stories/

3 What is it really like?

To get a better idea of what higher education is like, you can go to open days to look around the campus at the facilities, meet lecturers and staff as well as other students.

You can also talk to current students on forums such as The Student Room or on different social media platforms. Some universities will run summer schools or have other programmes that let you experience university life. Check out The Sutton Trust which runs summer schools with a number of universities.

See stories from different students about their experience of going to university or college.

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/

4 Ways to study?

There are a number of ways you can study: Full-time, part-time, distance learning and blended learning, accelerated degrees and higher and degree apprenticeships

There are also other opportunities with studying at university or college. For example, some courses can include work placements or even opportunities of study abroad, varying from one week to a year or more. These can be a compulsory part of the course, but in some cases they are optional. https://discoveruni.gov.uk/is-uni-for-me/about-higher-education/

5 University and college types.

There are different types of colleges and universities.

Further education colleges offer higher education courses. Some colleges focus on more practical and vocational courses or on shorter qualifications. Universities are usually dedicated to higher education as well as research. There are also specialist institutions and conservatoires which normally focus on a specific subject such as performing arts and may offer more practical and vocational skills. https://discoveruni.gov.uk/is-uni-for-me/about-higher-education/

6 Higher education qualifications.

Higher education qualifications vary both in their level and how long they take. First higher education qualifications are usually described as undergraduate.

Bachelors’ degree (e.g. BA/BSc)

Foundation degree

Higher National Certificate (HNC)/ Higher National Diploma (HND)

Some first degrees take longer to complete than the typical bachelors’ degree, such as those in medicine. https://discoveruni.gov.uk/is-uni-for-me/about-higher-education/

7 How will I pay for it?

You can access information on GOV.com to help you to understand the support your child could get to pay for tuition fees or their living costs, and point you to where they might be entitled to extra support. https://discoveruni.gov.uk/how-will-i-pay-for-it/

8 Why go to uni?

Click here to see some of the benefits of higher education which may help you and your child think about what they could get out of higher education. https://discoveruni.gov.uk/is-uni-for-me/why-go-to-uni/

9 How to choose a course.

Some things will be more important to your child than others when deciding what and where to study. Factors like course choice or where they want to live etc. Access Discover Uni to help you understand your course options. https://discoveruni.gov.uk/how-do-i-choose-course/

10 How to apply.

You apply to University though UCAS. Some courses have different deadlines, and several are a long time in advance of the start of the course. Find out more-

https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/ucas-undergraduate-when-apply

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It’s our job to deliver relevant, impartial and useful information to students in our area. We run all kinds of workshops in schools and colleges to help build the knowledge and skills students need in the future. From revision techniques to exploring all pathway options, we’re working hard so your child can discover their potential and make the right choices.

It’s our role to bring the right information to you and your child to help them make informed decisions about their futures and you’ll never have to pay for your child to take part.

If you have any questions please have a chat to one of our friendly coordinators! Have a look to see if they are your child’s school or college coordinator.

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