Education, and the range of qualifications available, changes over time so we appreciate that it can be difficult to stay up to date with what is available for young people and what is expected of them. Our aim is to provide you with free and impartial information to help you support your child to make informed decisions about their future.
How Can You Help?
- Encourage conversations about further and higher education. Discussing what your child enjoys and their favourite subjects at school can help begin conversations about what the future may hold for them. If you/your child are uncertain about certain subject choices or qualifications their school or college may be able to help.
- Encourage an open mind. Higher education no longer means just university and full-time degree courses, there are a range of different qualification types and study options that are available. Sometimes young people have a very specific idea of the path they would like to take but we recommend encouraging them to consider all of the options available to them as they might discover things that surprise them!
- Attend open days. Once your child begins to consider where they want to study try and attend as many open days as you can. They are a great opportunity to see the facilities, speak to staff and ask questions of current students. If you can’t make it to an open day, why not take a look on an institutions website to see if they offer virtual talks and tours?
- Find the right information. There is a lot of information available about higher education, its benefits, and the application process so it can be difficult to know where to look. In our resource area we have collated some great sources of information on everything from applications to student finance. Selecting the ‘parent’ filter will show all of the information we have handpicked for you!
- Reach out. If you have questions about what comes next or how to support your child, then there are many places you can go for information. Contact your child’s school or college and ask to speak to a member of staff or contact us with any questions.
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