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Choosing university at 18/19 or later



Many 18 or 19 year olds do choose to go on to university (higher education) after school or college. The proportion of young people going onto higher education has increased from one in eight in 1980 to well over one in three now. And although there was a dip in applications following the increase in fees, the number of applicants is on the rise again.

Even if you decide not to go to university at 18/19. there are lots of options to study at a higher education level later, through study alongside work.

There are lots of different types of higher education level courses available. Higher education means any sort of nationally recognised qualification which is at Level 4 or above (A Levels, BTEC National and Advanced Apprenticeships are Level 3). A degree, starts at Level 4 and progresses to Level 6, in the third year.

Although in the past higher education courses were just delivered at universities, they are now offered at universities, colleges and also some training providers too.

So, if you have Level 3 qualifications like A Levels, Advanced Apprenticeship, BTEC National, etc. then you could explore higher level study at 18/19.

Getting a degree without debt!

Students now have to apply for a government loan to pay for the increased tuition fees (up to £9,000 a year for some courses).

Read more about loans and financial support for HE here.

If the idea of taking out a loan for your university course is putting you off, then there are other ways to get a degree with financial support; through a employer sponsored degree; a Higher Apprenticeship; with reduced fees through The Open University - where you can study part-time alongside work.

If you are interested in higher education then explore the information in Careerpilot to help you: