Higher Education

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Higher Education (HE) includes university and college courses that lead to a Degree, Higher National Diploma, Diploma in Education, or Foundation Degree.

If you're thinking of doing a HE course, you probably have a good idea of the subject area or course you would like to study, but if you are still exploring your options, you can use the course finder on UCAS to find out more. There are over 35,000 courses available in the UK so plently to choose from!

When you apply for university through UCAS, you will need to write a personal statement to support your application – read our tips on how to present yourself in the best possible light.

Is it for you? 

Higher Education qualifications will open a lot of doors. Employers really value the skills and knowledge you will gain and most professional jobs require a higher education qualification. If you don't know what career you'd like to do but you'd like to go to university, choose a subject that interests you.

University may be one of the most enjoyable times of your life! Going to university is more than just studying, there's a huge social side to it. Universities have societies for almost any personal interest, so you're bound to find something you'll enjoy. You'll also get to experience independent life.

You don't have to go straight into higher education. Many people choose to take a gap year or study later in life as a mature student.

Finance and funding

There are tuition fees for higher education courses, but don't let this put you off. There's a range of financial help available. Find out all you need to know about student finance and managing your money from UCAS, they've got some good info and advice.

What qualifications can you do?

Choosing the right uni

Useful links

  • Which? University: Advice and information about university.
  • UCAS: All you need to know about HE courses, including entry requirements, application process and open days.
  • Higher York Course Database: search for higher education course in York.
  • Open Days: University and college open day directory.
  • Uni stats: Official data on each university and college’s satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study.
  • UK course finder: Includes study interests questionnaire if you are unsure about degree choice