Post 16 learning

Going to university

A university degree can give you entry to a wide range of careers and opportunities. Those who have degrees are also more likely to be in employment than those with lower level qualifications. You are more likely to earn more too.

Choosing your subject

The earlier you start thinking about university, the better. Take every opportunity to visit campuses and get involved in summer schools so you can gain a better understanding of what it is like to study at university.

It is also important to know what the entry requirements for the university course you are interested in studying are as you may need to have studied specific A levels. For more information about choosing your subjects and entry requirements, visit the Russell Group's Informed Choices website

Fees and finance

Going to university costs money. You will have tuition fees to pay and you will need money for your living costs: things like your rent if you live away from home, money for food, travel, clothes and books and materials for your course.

The good news is there are loans and grants to help you with all of these costs. Plus each university will offer scholarships and bursaries, which like grants, do not have to repaid.

Student loans have been designed to be manageable and realistic. You are liable to repay your loan in the April which falls three years after the start of your course, but you will only make repayments if you are earning over a certain amount. This amount changes every year.