Higher Education

The majority of MGS students continue onto university after their 6th Form studies, although with high tuition fees and the time commitment involved, plus the attraction of the growing number of apprenticeships available, 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.

Higher Education Resources

In addition to resources in the MGS Careers Library (See Careers Resources section) There are hundreds of on-line resources available to help with your careers research.

The following are a small selection, with more available on the Careers section of the school VLE.

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.

What Uni and Which University enable you to look at universities offer subjects that interest you, which you can personalize by your  A Level subjects and likely grades. They also have advice about all aspects of your higher education choices.

Uni Compare A free comprehensive university comparison site, offering students resources, tools, student discounts and university stats and rankings. 

Higher Ideas Higher Ideas is a comprehensive resource for exploring higher education options. It will give ideas about which degree courses relate to your A Level subjects and which degree courses are useful for different career areas. (See Careers section of VLE for access code)

UKCourseFinder helps you explore which degree course subjects and universities may interest you. You can filter by entry requirement, location etc.

www.centigradeonline.co.uk If you are not sure what to study, Centigrade is an online questionnaire which will identify appropriate degree courses and universities in the UK and English-taught courses in Europe that might suit you. (N.B. there is a cost for this service)

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

Prospects In addition to advice about university and apprenticeship options, Prospects also shows you what you can do with different degree subjects, in terms of career ideas and employment opportunities. (N.B. Remember that 70% of employers want graduates from any subject so if in doubt, study the subject you love!). 

Information about the costs of going to university  is available via the Student Finance website.

 

University League Tables

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

 

How to be a Competitive Applicant for University

Read around your subject: Don’t just restrict your knowledge to what you are taught in lessons. Universities want to see that you are sufficiently interested in a subject to devote additional time to finding out more about it. You will be spending three years of your life studying a subject at university so need to demonstrate genuine commitment and passion for it.

www.futurelearn.com and www.myheplus.com offer free on-line courses and resources in a variety of topics; a great way of demonstrating your interest in a subject.

Communication skills: It is vitally important that your written and verbal communication skills are on par with your academic ability. Many academically excellent students miss out on places at Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities through not performing well at interview or submitting a poor Personal Statement. Use the opportunities available to develop these skills, e.g. engage in academic conversations with teachers and peers, work on your presentation skills, undertake mock interviews, get involved in activities such as debating or public speaking.

Develop other personal skills and interests: Universities and employers want to see good “all-round” students who have something to offer other than just academic studies. Taking part in extra-curricular activities both in and out of school is a good way of developing valuable skills of teamwork, leadership, time management etc.

Work Experience/Volunteer/Part-time Jobs: Organise some work experience/volunteering or part-time work to find out if a particular occupation is right for you and to develop essential employability skills. Relevant work experience will make a big difference to your university application.

Attend Summer Schools and Taster Courses: There are a wide range of taster courses and summer schools you can attend to help you make up your mind – great to talk about in Personal Statements and CVs as evidence of your initiative, determination and commitment tooMany of these are free. The following websites give details of some of the opportunities available:

www.unitasterdays.com

www.london.ac.uk/tasters

www.accessprofessions.com

www.suttontrust.com/programmes/summer-schools/ 

www.uniq.ox.ac.uk