First we’ll show you all the different options to help you decide whether you want to go to university or college. Then if you choose to go ahead, we’ll show you how to make your application on ucas.com.
- University or college – gain valuable skills and a qualification to help you follow your chosen career.
UK higher education (HE) offers a diverse range of courses and qualifications, such as first degrees, Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), and foundation degrees. It includes any qualification at Level 4 and above. A BA or BSc (Hons) degree is a Level 6 qualification.
Most courses are taught in universities, but plenty are taught at colleges, and specialist course providers such as conservatoires, business schools, and agricultural colleges.
UK higher education is world-class – four of the top six universities in the world are in the UK. Over three quarters of research activity at UK universities is rated as world‑leading or internationally excellent.
You can study full-time or part-time. There are also distance and blended learning courses, as well as many accelerated degree programmes.
- 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.
- UCAS' career finder tool – register for personalised alerts for apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, internships, work experience placements, graduate schemes, and more.
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.
Get a taste of higher education
Gain experience and explore your interests
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