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A level results day – what if things don’t go to plan?

A level results day is a milestone date in the lives of young people and parents, involving an emotional rollercoaster of anticipation, nervousness, joy or despair, and for some, a time when plans have to be changed. You may do better than expected, and decide at the last minute that you want to go to… Read more »


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 »


Countdown to the Oxbridge application deadline

With the 15 October deadline for Oxbridge applications not far away, here’s a handy checklist of key dates to keep in mind: September Finalise your personal statement with your teachers. Visit the UCAS website and register. Fill in the UCAS form – UCAS applications may be submitted from mid-September, see the UCAS website for key dates…. Read more »


Fresher’s Week Tips: How to survive – and thrive – in your first week away from home

Starting uni is a huge change, and so understandably the excitement is tinged with more than a little apprehension. The prospect of having to feed yourself, create an entirely new network of friends and adjust to the demands of higher education can seem overwhelming, but with the right attitude and some preparation you can easily… Read more »


Missed your uni offer? Don’t panic!

If your exam results surprised you – and not in a good way – and mean you’ve missed your uni offer, then you might feel like escaping to a desert island where the word ‘UCAS’ is not in the vocabulary. And you can: dress it up as a gap year, re-take a few exams and… Read more »


What to do on A Level results day … and after

Read Brian Heap’s advice from HEAP University Degree Course Offers on what to do on A Level results day … and after: Be at home! Do not arrange to be away when your results are published. If you do not achieve the grades you require, you will need to follow an alternative course of action and… Read more »


Last minute tips for students applying for medical, veterinary or dental school

With the closing date for applications for medicine, veterinary medicine, veterinary science and dentistry degrees fast approaching, here are some last minute tips to bear in mind: The all-important UCAS application A typical medical, veterinary or dental school could receive well over a thousand applications for a relatively small number of places. Your application therefore needs to… Read more »