Thinking about uni?
This video takes you through all the things to consider on your journey to higher education, so you can relax knowing you've got everything covered.
There's a lot to consider when choosing a course, so our guide gives you hints on what to think about.
Watch our quick video guide for an explanation of the UCAS terms you'll hear.
Your guide to starting life at university or college.
University or college – gain valuable skills and a qualification to help you follow your chosen career.
Work – apply for jobs now, or start your own business, with the aim to work up to your future goals.
Training – prepare for the world of work, or learn on the job while you work.
Volunteering – gain experience to help you towards your work or study aspirations.
Travel – get cultural insights during working holidays, learning, conservation or teaching.
Research the options
- What to study – what the options are and how to choose between them.
- Flexible and part-time study – combining education with work, training or other responsibilities.
- Alternatives to uni – training, volunteering and travel.
Preparing for the next step
There are lots of extra-curricular activities that can help you decide your future, as well as looking great on your UCAS application and your CV.
- Go on a higher education taster course at a summer school like Villiers Park or study a free online course like FutureLearn.
- Find out more at a UCAS higher education event or a university or college open day.
- Join a club or society in your local area – perhaps in something sporting, creative or musical.
- Develop your skills with ASDAN, Duke of Edinburgh, National Citizen Service or young enterprise.
- Explore science, technology, engineering or maths with the Crest Awards.
- Take on a part-time job, or volunteer with the vInspired Awards, WorldWide Volunteering Certificate or Project Trust.
- Gain accreditation in personal effectiveness from ASDAN for activities that prepare you for higher education.
- Create positive change and get involved in volunteering and social action. This could include activities such as volunteering, fundraising, community service, mentoring etc.
You might need to take an Art Foundation course first, as this is normally required before taking an art and design degree.
- An Art Foundation usually takes a year to complete, after finishing your A levels or equivalent.
- Alternatively, you might be able to take a longer diploma that incorporates art foundation with other post-16 subjects.
- Find out more from school, college or careers advisers, or check with colleges and universities around the country.
- Please note different course providers have different strengths and specialities in art and design, so even if you're choosing from nearby locations, find out which one would be best for you.
You’ll need to be able to demonstrate your English language skills to study a course in the UK – so think about whether you’ll need to improve your English.
Don’t worry if you feel unprepared for higher education – if you don’t have any particular qualifications, you may find your life experience has already given you everything you’ll need.