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How can Make Happen help me?

Whether you’re unsure about going to uni, overwhelmed by all your options, or trying to get your head around the application process, we’ve got it covered.

With information on everything from researching courses, to how to apply and what to expect from your uni experience, you’ll soon be ready to take your next step in life.

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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Parents’ Guide

This is a parent guide to university.

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FAQs

  • Don’t you have to get top grades to get into Uni?

    In a word: no. You don’t need to be a straight-A grade student to benefit from uni. What you do need is to be hardworking, dedicated, and passionate about your chosen course. Universities will publish their entry requirements in their prospectuses and online. Normally these are expressed as A-level or BTEC grades, and sometimes they’ll include UCAS points too. Check

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  • Uni is expensive, why should I go?

    Where do we start? As well as being a lot of fun, going to university opens up so many doors, both socially and professionally. Some courses will give you the specialist knowledge and skills required for certain professions, and all of them will provide you with the vital transferable skills employers look for. And it pays to have a degree.

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  • Will I like uni? Will I fit in?

    You’re not alone in feeling this way and you’re bound to have a few nerves, but if you’re keen to study a subject you love, get ahead in the job market, gain heaps of new life experiences, all whilst having a lot of fun, then we’re sure you’ll love it. One of the most exciting and enriching things about university

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  • How do I find the right course for me?

    With thousands of courses and hundreds of universities to choose from, we don’t blame you if you aren’t sure where to begin. The important thing is understanding all of your options, and then finding a clear route to turn your ambitions into a reality. A great starting point is the UCAS website. It lists every course available in the UK.

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  • Do I have enough money to go to Uni?

    There are a lot of myths and preconceptions about the cost of going to uni, and it can be tough to get your head around it all. We want to give you the simple facts, so you can feel confident you’re making a sound investment. Whilst there’s no denying it’s a large amount of money, you don’t have to pay

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  • Should I live at home? Or live at Uni?

    Whilst there are benefits to staying at home whilst you’re studying, we can’t stress enough that university is much more than just studying. Living away from home allows you to grow in independence. You’ll do the things you might have taken for granted before, such as cooking and laundry, you’ll learn to organise your time, and enjoy freedom you may

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  • How do I apply for a course at uni?

    You’ve done your research and found the perfect course? The next stage is applying. All applications to universities in the UK must be made through UCAS (that’s the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). You’ll need to complete the UCAS online application form, where you’ll register your personal details and pick up to five of your favourite courses. You’ll also need

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  • How do I know I’ve made the right course and university choice? How is that going to affect my future career?

    The key to being confident in your decision is doing your research, knowing your options, and being clear about what your choice entails. Make Happen will help you with this, by providing you with loads of useful and straightforward resources. You can read as many prospectuses as you like, you can compare league tables, rankings and reviews until the cows

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  • I think I want to go to Uni, but where do I start?

    With so much information out there, it’s no wonder you’re feeling a little bewildered. First thing’s first, think about what you want. What’s your end goal? What do you love? What don’t you enjoy? Where do you see yourself living? You might struggle to answer these questions, which is why we’ve put together a load of resources to help. Once

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  • I know I can get a student loan, but how do I pay it all back?

    Good news! You’ll only start paying back your student loan once you’re earning over the £21,000 threshold. It’ll be taken from your monthly pay (before you even get your hands on it, so you won’t even know it’s gone!) and is just 9% of your earnings over that threshold. See? Not so scary after all. For more info about fees

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