Deciding whether higher education (HE) is right for you is a big decision, sometimes quite a daunting one. There are many reasons you might feel it’s not right for you, but sometimes unbiased and up-to-date information can change this preconception – it may well be right for you after all. Many people have opinions about HE that are based on misconceptions and outdated information, there’s also a mind boggling amount of information out there.
If nobody in your family has been to university, or studied HE at college before, you won’t be as clued up as those who have parents, or family who’ve all done it. You may have been told it’s not worth the money, or that you have to be ‘academic’ to study at HE level. Some just don’t know what they want to do in the future or what kind of courses are possible to study. If any of this applies to you – how are you supposed to know whether it’s the right path for you?
That’s where we come in. We’re here to help you get the information you need, to make the choice that’s right for you.
So, why go to university?
There’s a reason why 1.75 million* people decide to pay the fees and go to university or college to get a higher education qualification, and it’s really simple: there are loads of benefits.
Some might assume that events of recent years has meant a decline in HE applications… well quite the opposite, as of 30th June 2021 UCAS reported a rise of 4% in HE applications (compared with 2020), a 10% increase in 18 year olds.
Whether it’s earning more on average during your working life (on average graduates earn £10,000 a year more than those without HE level qualifications – according to gov.uk), learning the skills employers find valuable, developing skills that could help you change career, or being seen as more employable when you’re job hunting, graduating from university can set you on a successful path forward. Find out more about the benefits university brings.
‘I don’t like school so why would I want to go to university?’
It’s not just about what’s possible after university that makes going worthwhile. Your time in higher education is pretty valuable too, for all sorts of reasons. It can help you realise your independence, societal skills not to mention being able to budget. Many people also benefit from the additional opportunities that are offered at HE, such as industry contacts and work experience opportunities.
It’s totally different from going to school. You won’t always be ‘taught’, you’ll probably have seminars, which are more like group discussions. The facilities can be a lot more exciting and often industry standard. You are treated like an adult. You are responsible for managing your time and work-load. You get to choose what you study so you can pick something you really enjoy and you’ll be on a course with other people who really enjoy it too.
You’ll also meet new people and make new friends, and you’ll get to discover a whole new town or city with new opportunities and experiences. But don’t take our word for it, we’ve collated lots of resources with the help of people who’ve studied at HE level – find out about there experiences below…
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