Our university access tools are for school and college students who are interested inuniversity. You may need some extra help deciding what and where to study, or in preparing to make an application.
Resources are designed for applications to UK universities via the UCAS system. However, they may also be useful for considering applications to international universities.
You should definitely be considering your options by Year 11, because you might need to take certain A-Levels for courses such as Medicine.
But it's never too soon to start thinking about potential universities and courses! You might start getting familiar with universities and courses from Year 9 onwards.
Once you have potential options for universities and courses in mind, you should start to think about stretching yourself to build experiences for your UCAS application.
Ideally, you should have completed your stretch activities before starting your UCAS application, as you will need to write about them meaningfully in your personal statement.
It is important to build your experience well in advance of applying. Use any spare time you have in Year 11.
Make sure you research dates and deadlines for any events, visits or schools at the start of Year 12. Many of these take place in the summer before you start Year 13 and they might have an early application process and deadline.
Not sure where to start? See if you can find a Research-Based Curricula coursebook that looks interesting!(link to RBC library)