PARENTS

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Why Make Happen?

Their first day at school seems like only yesterday, but now is the time for your child’s next big step in life.

We know you’ll want to support them at this important time, and we know you’ll have worries.

Perhaps you feel you don’t know enough about university. Maybe it’s the money that’s causing you concern. You might even be sceptical about university altogether. Whatever it is, we can answer your questions, dispel any myths, and calm those nerves.

FAQs

  • Is Uni the right choice for my child?

    We know you only want the best for your child, and sometimes it can be hard to take a step back, but ultimately this is a choice they have to make themselves. It’s a big decision for any teenager to face, and there are so many factors involved in the decision-making process: What do they want from life? What are

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  • What is student life really like?

    Inspiring, challenging, fun and fulfilling are just some of the words that can be used to describe student life. There’s really no typical university experience – it’s as individual as the student themselves, and it’s down to them to get the most out of it. We all know the cliché of the lazy student (spends most of the day in

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  • Will I be able to afford sending my child to Uni?

    Fees and funding have long since been a scary subject, but luckily, it’s not all as bad as it sounds, and there are plenty of options to help fund your child’s education. The good news is that you won’t have to pay anything up-front, funding isn’t based on your credit rating, and your child will only start paying back their

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  • Can you help us with the application process?

    There are loads of helpful resources available to help you and your child throughout the application process. Have a read of the Jargon Buster to better understand some of the more confusing bits, then visit the UCAS website, which breaks it all down into digestible chunks. Click here for even more info on the application process.

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  • What are Open Days? And should we be going to them?

    Open Days are by far one of the most valuable research tools available. No amount of league rankings or reviews can compare to setting foot on campus and meeting the people who will be teaching and inspiring your child. As well as it being the perfect opportunity for you to ask any questions about the course or institution, you’ll also

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  • What are the key deadlines we should know about?

    The exact date of each deadline changes every year, so head to the UCAS website to add them to your diary. Here’s a rough guide of the dates you might want to make a note of, depending on where and what your child applies for. The application deadline for Oxford and Cambridge is in October, much earlier than most other

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  • I never went to uni, how can I help my child?

    The most helpful thing you can do during this pivotal time is to make sure you’re there for your son or daughter every step of the way. Your support is invaluable. Start by getting an understanding of the UCAS application process. It’s likely to be new to both of you, so if you can get to grips with it early,

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  • How much financial support will my child need from me if they go to uni?

    The answer to this question will depend on you and your child’s individual circumstances, for instance, household income, where in the country your child will be studying, whether they’re planning on getting a part-time job, and, of course, their ability (and desire) to budget. There are a whole bunch of different financial packages available to help cover the cost of

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  • What will my child really gain from going to uni?

    The benefits of university are countless. To begin with, it’ll give your child the opportunity to study a subject they love. They’ll immerse themselves in their course, gaining a deepened knowledge of their subject area, learning from experts, surrounded by course mates as passionate about it as they are. They will also pick up a whole host of transferrable skills,

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  • Will my child be ok at uni on their own?

    It’s natural for you to worry about your child’s well-being once they fly the nest, but rest assured, they’ll be in good hands. Universities are designed for young people to thrive and everything is geared towards to making their experience fulfilling, fun and safe. Whilst university is, on the whole, a hugely positive experience, it doesn’t come without its challenges.

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Disability
Guide

Higher education guidance for disabled students

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From Care to University

A guide to higher education for young people in care in Essex

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Pre 16 Guide

This is a student guide to university.

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Parent Guide

A parents guide to university.

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