Advice on Choosing a Degree Course/University

Having made your A Level choices (or even when making them), you'll be faced with a bewildering array of choices if you wish to progress to Higher Education (university): what subjects could I read at university with the A Levels I've taken? What grades or points score will I need? Which is the best course for me? Which university?

  1. The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is probably the best starting point for this. It offers students the facility to search for courses and details about entry requirements.
  2. The Guardian newspaper also provides detailed information on universities and degree courses, which can be really useful in helping you decide where to go and what to study. You can find it in their University Guide.
  3.  gives a thorough guide to the whole application process, and detailed impartial advice.
  4.  presents students with advice for those seeking to apply to the most prestigious universities. Specific guidance for those applying to Oxford University can be found here and Cambridge University here. For information on applying to study Medicine, please click here
  5.  allows you to look at universities based on specific statistics such as employability or student satisfaction, and ranks universities based on subjects.
  6. provides a thorough timeline of when universities offer open days and other key events
  7. Uni Compare  ensures all students have access to free information that can guide them when they apply to university.  They help students with their application, personal statements, independent rankings, as well as advice on student finance, and what campus life is really like.  

More information about the process of applying for University in Year 13 is available at our Parents/Carers Information Exchange Evening in June. 


  • 25 September 2020: Internal deadline for Oxford & Cambridge,
  • (Veterinary, Medical and Dentistry) undergraduate course applications
  • 4 November 2020: Internal deadline for all other undergraduate course applications
  • 15 October 2020: UCAS deadline for Oxford & Cambridge (Veterinary, Medical and Dentistry) undergraduate course applications
  • 15 January 2021: UCAS deadline for the majority of undergraduate course applications

After university, what next? Whilst it may seem a very long way off, you'll be surprised about how quickly your time not only in Sixth Form, but also at university goes. Before you know it, you'll be in your final year of your degree and starting to apply for jobs. Or maybe you're one of those extremely rare, but forward-thinking students who wants to know that the A Levels and degree that they choose will make them highly employable. In either case: -

  1. The Prospects website is an excellent source of information, advice and guidance for students about graduate employment.
  2. The section on 'Options with your subject' might be of particular interest, which explain what career options might fit with particular degree course subjects.

For further information about Careers Guidance in the Sixth Form please click here.

For further information about applying for Apprenticeships, please click here. provides thorough guidance on apprenticeships available in the local area, and is a key starting point for students who would like to enter directly into the world of work and gives guidance on the next steps.

Useful Links:

Updated: September 2020