Universities and Higher Education

Going to University is exciting in so many ways and there are plenty of options to ensure you have the best University experience possible.


UCAS is the most comprehensive site for University choices and applications.

You will need to apply for your University choices through UCAS here and there is a huge amount of help on how to do this (including your personal statement). Your tutor will work with you on this too.

Year 12's can start planning their UCAS application by completing this useful UCAS Researching options form.

Sign up to the UCAS Hub and get further information here and work through the activities set.

Search for a course here and explore subject guides further here.

Make an actual start on your application here.

Enjoy a Virtual tour of various Universities and courses here.

Unibuddy is a great chance to chat to University students through UCAS. Choose a uni, degree subject or select by their home country, and find out what life’s really like at uni.

2021 - 22 UCAT Handbook

The UCAT is the entry exam for Medicine/ Health Science University courses. This handbook provides helpful information about the 2021 UCAT exam. When the 2022 handbook is published, we shall direct you to it.

Russell Group Universities

Russell Group Universities are among the most highly regarded Universities in the world. Click here for more information and to see which universities are part of this exclusive group.

Informed Choices is an excellent information pack for students and parents/ carers considering a Russell Group University and you can also check out their website here which takes you through the options whether you know what you want to study or have no idea!

A guide to facilitating subjects at A Level which are respected and considered is here.

Useful websites for considering University education and post 18 options

The Complete University guide is an excellent resource encompassing everything from league tables, open days, fees and how to prepare for Uni life.

Apply to Uni is a similar resource, but aimed more at students.

Not going to Uni is an excellent site for students looking at a higher apprenticeship (degree level)

The Uni Guide

National Careers Service

Careerpilot - Options at 18

All about school leavers Post 18 options

Find your future

The Times Good University Guide 2022 is a comprehensive and brilliant resource with rankings, league tables and information on each university. However, subscription is required to access. Here is their 2021 guide which is now free to all, although obviously not all information will be current.

Local Universities

We are lucky to be surrounded by some top rated Universities locally. It is worth considering these Universities if you do not want to move away, or you could visit them on an open day if you are unsure whether University is for you.

University of Bristol

University of Bath

University of the West of England (UWE)

Bath Spa University

University of Exeter

University of Cardiff

Click here to see a comprehensive map of Universities regionally.

Oxbridge Information and help

We want students to aim high! Please read the below information which may help when considering Oxford and Cambridge as your University of choice.

All info has gratefully come from UniAdmissions

Complete guide to all Oxford Colleges

Complete guide to all Cambridge Colleges

Oxbridge UCAS checklist and application cycle

What next? After application