Supporting your son or daughter
The 10 things your son or daughter should do
- Start research early – higher education has a lot of options to choose from.
- Know the deadlines – for some undergraduate courses they need to apply almost a year in advance.
- Register for a UCAS Card – if they're in a UK school and aiming to start higher education in 2014.
- Search for courses – something they would enjoy or be interested in.
- Come to a UCAS convention – talk to us or higher education staff to find out more.
- Check entry requirements – make sure they can get the grades they need.
- Visit course providers at their open days – explore campuses to see if they would like to study there.
- Write several drafts of their personal statement – get feedback and refine it until they're happy.
- Understand student finance – so they can make the best arrangements.
- Understand how Extra and Clearing work – chances to apply to more courses.
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- Get a copy of the 2014 entry Parent Guide, which is available to download at the bottom of the registration form. These guides have been written in English and Welsh.
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How to apply after school or college
This is broken down into the two different types of study – undergraduate and performing arts.
- Once you know the kind of course your son or daughter wants to apply for, you can read this information to get an overview of their application.
- If you're from outside the UK read our international advice and download the international parent guide on this page.
- There's also information on getting help with individual needs.