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The Right Degree

UNIVERSITIES

Overview

In the UK , higher education institutions are independent, self-governing bodies active in teaching, research and scholarship. They are established by Royal Charter or legislation and most are part-funded by government. The Privy Council advises the Queen on the granting of Royal Charters and incorporation of universities.

The University of Cambridge is currently ranked fifth in the world, while the University of Oxford is sixth, followed by UCL (University College London) at seventh and Imperial College London in eighth place. King's College London (KCL) and the University of Edinburgh are also in the global top 25 (sharing 23rd place).

Academic standards are established and maintained by higher education institutions themselves using an extensive and sophisticated range of shared quality assurance approaches and structures. Standards and quality in institutions are underpinned by the universal use of external examiners, a standard set of indicators and other reports, by the activities of the Quality Assurance Assessment, and in professional areas by relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies.

This ensures that institutions meet national expectations described in the Framework Higher Education Quality ( FHEQ) : subject benchmark statements, the Code of Practice and programme specifications

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How to choose the right course

In order to plan well for a young person’s future, university and careers should be part of the conversation by the time GCSE (or equivalent level) subjects are chosen.

By planning early, you can prevent your child from missing out on important opportunities which may later affect their academic choices, as well as ensuring that they will present as an attractive applicant who will contribute to all aspects of life at university.

With more and more candidates approaching universities with the top grades, it is important that your child has developed their skills and experience through taking part in arts, sports or other extra-curricular activities at school.

Whatever a young person’s ambitions might be, university-level education opens doors. The decisions that sixth formers make will alter not only their career path but also who they meet and what kind of university experience they have. That’s why it’s important to get it right.

We work with students to win places at all of the major universities in the UK. The university entrance process must start with a careful consideration of ‘what course?’ and ‘where?’. We work very closely with families to consider academic, social and pastoral needs. We invest time in getting to know the student whilst helping them to identify which courses and universities would be suitable for them.

We are excellent listeners. We will provide an impartial sounding board, bringing the student to the decision that is right for them. We will explore the options of campus style Universities versus city style locations always remembering it must be the right course for the student.

At times the options for the student feels overwhelming, we can take them through the decision-making process systematically in order to make them feel confident of their choice. We can help with :

  • University and course selection
  • Personal statement construction
  • pplication management
  • Assistance with ‘clearing’