Higher Education

The majority of MGS students continue onto university after their 6th Form studies, althoughwith high tuition fees and a three year commitment involved, it is important that this is the right decision for you and that you choose a course and university you are going to be happy with. It is crucial that you put sufficient time and effort into researching your options so that you make the right choice.

MGS Careers Library: There are lots of books, magazines and resources to inspire and inform you (See Careers Resources section)

MGS Higher Education Booklet (Available on Studywiz) 

The following websites and software packages will help you explore different higher education options:

UCAS – Your one-stop-shop for searching and applying for UK university courses. You will find detailed information about each, including their selection criteria and admissions policy.

Many courses with the same title are actually very different in terms of content and methods of study. Which one will suit you best? At which university or college will you be happiest - a city university, a small college, a rural campus?

What Uni has everything you need to make your university decision, all in one place. You can use the site to search for courses at all UK Universities and use location, ranking and predicted grades to narrow your search. You can read advice articles and university reviews by current students and find details of scholarships and bursaries available.

Higher Ideas is available on the school network, via Start > All Programs > Careers, and also at home by obtaining an individual top-up code from school first. Higher Ideas is a comprehensive resource for exploring higher education options. It will give you ideas about which degree courses relate to your A Level subjects and which degree courses are useful for different career areas. You can also refine your searches by UK region.

UKCourseFinder If you are not sure what you would like to study at university, take the free questionnaire to identify courses and universities that might interest you. Alternatively, www.centigradeonline.co.uk offers a paid option of identifying appropriate degree courses and universities to consider, including those in Europe.

BestCourse4Me.com allows you to compare courses in terms of likely salaries and employment outcomes from different degree courses and universities.

www.hotcourses.com enables you to search for all levels of courses across the UK, including non-UCAS courses.

Push: for an independent guide to UK universities. If you have an idea about which subject interest you, use the Uni Chooser to find out where the best place might be for you to study, taking into account location preferences, your likely qualifications and other factors such as facilities, accommodation, sport activities available, social life, cost of living, size/type of university etc

Prospects Select “What do Graduates do” under the Careers Advice tab to explore the job opportunities open to you with a particular degree subject (7 out of 10 recruiters want graduates from any subject so if in doubt, study the subject you love/enjoy/do best in. 

University League tables can be useful starting points to find the "best" universities for the subjects you are considering studying, however, they take into account different criteria when deciding where to rank a university, so it is important to see which criteria they are using - some of the factors may be more important to you than others.

You may want to try the following league tables:

TheCompleteUniversityGuide

GuardianUniversityGuide

For World University Rankings, try the following:

Q.S World University Rankings  

The Times World University Rankings