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Choosing your university or college

Read Brian Heap’s advice on what to consider when making your choice of university: Location, reputation and open days For many applicants the choice of university or college is probably the main priority, with location being a key factor. However, many students have little or no knowledge of regional geography and have no concept of… Read more »


Is medicine the course for you?

Only around 40% of applicants for medicine are successful in gaining places. Does this mean that the remaining 60% were unsuitable? The answer, of course, is no. Many of those who are rejected are extremely strong candidates, with high grades at GCSE and AS under their belts and the personalities and qualities that would make them into excellent doctors. There… Read more »


Do you need a law degree to go into the legal profession?

The legal profession in England and Wales is virtually unique in not requiring all entrants to have a law degree. In fact, many non- law graduates enter the profession through the full- time Graduate Diploma in Law programme (an intensive one- year postgraduate course for non- law graduates covering the essential foundation subjects taught as part of a law degree)…. Read more »


How to succeed in the Oxford and Cambridge written tests

Over the past few years, more and more students are achieving As and A*s at A level. As it has become harder to identify academically outstanding students through their A level results, both Oxford and Cambridge now rely on additional testing systems when selecting candidates for interview. From 2017 entry, all Cambridge colleges will be introducing common format written assessments,… Read more »


Considering a sandwich course or professional placement?

One variation on Single Honours courses is that of the sandwich course, in which students will spend part of their degree course on professional, industrial or commercial placements. Media coverage on student debt and the introduction of higher tuition fees highlight the importance of sandwich courses. Many sandwich and placement courses are on offer, in… Read more »